As a community we are keeping up the pressure on the Victorian Government to improve safety at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Forest Drive and Nepean Highway in Mount Martha.
I first wrote to VicRoads about this issue in August, 2013 and have been campaigning with the community on this issue ever since.
The danger of this intersection was highlighted by a fatal accident on November 25 last year.
Following the accident, local residents approached me to take further action on this issue. I then invited and met with senior VicRoads’ officers at the site to observe the dangers.
The most recent correspondence I received from the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan, confirmed the State Government was carrying out detailed investigations the stretch of Nepean Highway in Mount Martha, including intersections at Forest Drive and Uralla Road and was working with the Mornington Peninsula Shire on improving road safety at these sites.
Minister Donnellan assures me investigations will consider the broader access needs of Mount Martha residents and business owners and will include extensive consultation with the community to ensure the thoughts and ideas of local residents are included.
I am committed to pursuing this issue and will meet with Minister Donnellan in the near future to discuss safety improvements at these notoriously dangerous intersections.
I appreciate community members raising their concerns with me and invite anyone to write to me with their views.