Roads Heathcote Toolleen

Notorious blackspot to finally be upgraded

17 February 2020


An infamous Toolleen intersection is expected to undergo a major safety upgrade in coming months.

The Cornella-Toolleen Rd and Northern Hwy intersection has become a notorious blackspot for locals, with several serious collisions occurring over the past two years including in November when a dog was killed.

Local MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has been working closely with Toolleen residents over the past year to lobby the state government to upgrade the intersection to reduce the risk of future collisions.

“The Toolleen community have been pushing for long-term safety improvements at the intersection of Cornella-Toolleen Rd and the Northern Hwy road for many years however, the government hasn’t agreed to do anything until now,” Ms Ryan said.

“Residents are astonished that nothing had been done to address serious safety concerns after two separate collisions occurred within a week of each other in January 2019.                            

“In February last year I asked the Roads Minister to have Regional Roads Victoria repaint white line markings at the intersection’s stop signs which had faded significantly and investigate the possibility of rumble strips to ensure motorists stop and give way to oncoming traffic.                                                                                                                                                 

“As a consequence, Regional Roads Victoria inspected the intersection following the two crashes and deemed the existing road markings and signs met current standards.”

After further pressure from Ms Ryan and the local community, the government backflipped and agreed to upgrade the intersection.

“I have been informed by the Minister that RRV is currently finalising designs for the intersection which will include traffic islands, additional kerb and channel, rumble strips, additional signs and line markings.

“Works are expected to commence this year and RRV will be undertaking a speed limit to review to determine if a reduction is required.

“This is a great step forward for the Toolleen community who fought hard for long-term safety improvements at the intersection.”    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

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