A Colac road safety advocate says we can expect more fatalities and traffic crashes at the region’s worst intersections unless authorities re-align the roads.
RoadSafe Otway’s Cliff McAliece has been advocating for road safety and campaigning for road improvements for decades.
Mr McAliece listed four poorly aligned intersections in the Colac region where “their alignment is the cause of many of the incidents that take place at them”.
These intersections are the Birregurra-Forrest Road and Colac-Lorne Road intersection; the Princes Highway and Colac-Ballarat Road intersection; the Princes Highway and Tomahawk Creek “blue church” intersection; and the Cape Otway Road and Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road intersection.
Mr McAliece said the four intersections had poor visibility for turning motorists, lacking a clear line of sight of oncoming traffic.
“This is one of the major causes of the crashes that take place there,” he said.
“Until VicRoads open their eyes and can see how this misalignment is causing vision problems at the corner, until we get a clear line of sight, we are never going to reduce the total of collisions that we have there.”
Mr McAliece said the Colac-Ballarat Road turnoff to Beeac was a fatality waiting to happen, with fog often contributing to a lack of visibility there.
He said the 100kmh zone in the Princes Highway at that intersection meant cars were too fast when they came across slow trucks that had turned onto the highway and were trying to gather speed.
“That is a fatality waiting to happen that corner.
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