The Andrews Government is upgrading a high-risk Sale intersection as part of a new program which works with councils and communities to improve high-risk local roads.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said a roundabout would be built at the corner of MacArthur and Market Streets as part of the Andrews Government’s $20 million ‘Safe Travel in Local Streets’ program, which aims to create safer local roads for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and reduce road trauma in regional communities.

Regional Roads Victoria worked with Wellington Shire Council on designing the roundabout, which will also include pedestrian islands and a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians on MacArthur Street. The project is expected to reduce the number of accidents by up to 70 per cent.

Wellington Shire Council will deliver the $1.13 million upgrade, with work to be completed by mid-2021.
The road’s current layout has resulted in drivers making mistakes and cross traffic and rear end injury crashes. Between January 2013 to December 2017, there were six recorded crashes at the intersection, with three people being seriously injured.

The program will also upgrade regional local roads and enhance community safety for precincts in Geelong, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Portland, Port Fairy, Mildura, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Warragul and Drouin.

This program is part of the Andrews Government’s $1.4 billion investment to reduce road trauma in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“This new roundabout will make it easier and safer to travel through the intersections of MacArthur and Market Streets – reducing the risk of collisions.”

“MacArthur Street will also be safer for pedestrians and cyclists with new crossings and a shared user path – these works are all part of our efforts to reduce the unacceptable level of road trauma occurring across regional Victoria.”