Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder
$3.83 Million Major Improvement Works On Pakenham Intersection Now Complete
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy today announced the completion of major improvement works at the intersection of the Princes Highway East and Cardinia Road in Pakenham.
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Edward O’Donohue, who attended the announcement on behalf of Mr. Mulder, said the $3.83 Million works to improve safety at the busy intersection formed an integral part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to creating safer roads and roadsides across the state.
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said the Victorian Coalition Government was working to ensure the best possible infrastructure was in place to support existing and new communities.
“The Cardinia region is expected to continue to grow over the coming years, so it is important that intersections like this one are able to operate safely and cope with increased traffic volumes.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. O’Donohue said the project included the installation of new traffic signals, street lighting and construction of additional right turns lanes on Princes Highway East and approach lanes on Cardinia Road.
“Pedestrian crossings have also been installed to provide safer and easier access to the nearby college, and future commercial and residential properties.” Mr. O’Donohue said.
The intersection of Princes Highway East and Cardinia Road was previously an unsignalled T intersection. In the five years ending 30 June 2011, there were 10 crashes at this location. Many of these were cross-traffic crashes which highlighted the need for traffic signals.
“In this popular growth area, traffic conditions have changed with significant population and traffic increases since the opening of the Pakenham Bypass.” Mr. O’Donohue said.
“The upgrade also included works to connect Grandvue Boulevard to the newly signalised intersection to provide access to Grandvue Estate and the college to the north.”
Local member for Gembrook Brad Battin said the upgrade eliminated confusion at the intersection and would ensure the safety of road users on the Princes Highway.
“I am pleased the Coalition Government has delivered this essential road infrastructure now, before the area is further developed and traffic increases.” Mr. Battin said.
This project was jointly funded by VicRoads, Department of Planning and Community Development, Cardinia Shire Council and the developer of Grandvue Estate.