Fix horror intersection - Cnr Presidents & Orton, Ocean Grove, Victoria
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We call on the following local State members of parliament and City of Greater Geelong councillors to work together to fix, as a priority, the dangerous unsafe intersection of Orton Street and Presidents Avenue, Ocean Grove:
- Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville MP
- Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay MP
- City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Cr Bruce Harwood
- City of Greater Geelong Bellarine Ward councillors - Ms Stephanie Asher; Mr Jim Mason; and Mr Trent Sullivan
Over years the intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents, many resulting in serious injury. The most recent accident resulted in a young local motorbike rider hospitalised at The Alfred with serious, potentially long-term, injuries.
The intersection has extremely poor visibility for approaching drivers due to its position on a crest and the unusual mis-alignment of Presidents Avenue’s north and south entry-points to Orton Street.
Pedestrians also have difficulty with the intersection, which is a well-used crossing point for people going to and from the Ocean Grove main beach.
Traffic volumes on Orton Street have increased in recent years, substantially increasing the risk for motorists and pedestrians. This is not just a peak-season traffic issue.
Response to a recent Facebook post on the Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads community noticeboard has shown the depth of feeling and frustration by residents, ratepayers and voters about the lack of action to fix this horror intersection.
How many more serious accidents resulting in serious, if not life-threatening, injury will it take for action? Let’s not wait for a death before we see action.
Orton Street is administered by VicRoads; Presidents Avenue by the City of Greater Geelong. This intersection has been flagged as an issue in government reports for years.
As our elected representatives at state and local levels, we say it is time for you to call an end to the bureaucratic report writing. It’s time now for you to demand action on our behalf.
Fix the intersection!
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