Safety improvements complete at Little Forest Road and Princes Highway intersection

Media Release

DC238/2016

19 December 2016

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

  • Intersection moved 380 metres south to improve visibility for turning vehicles
  • Speed limit on section of Princes Highway to return to 100 km/h
  • Project key element of Australian Government's $5 million Gilmore Safety Package

Crucial safety works at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Little Forest Road north of Milton are now completed.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade involved moving the intersection 380 metres south to give motorists better visibility when turning on to the Princes Highway from Little Forest Road.

“The Little Forest Road intersection improvements are part of the Coalition Government's $5 million commitment to a package of works to improve safety in the Gilmore electorate,” Mr Chester said.

“Until now, the intersection was a quite hazardous for vehicles turning out of Little Forest Road onto the Princes Highway. The new location has better visibility with an improved line of sight so motorists turning out of Little Forest Road can more easily find a safe gap in the traffic.”

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the government worked closely with Little Forest Road's residents to provide the best possible solution to improve safety for local residents.

“Feedback from the community and investigations carried out by Roads and Maritime Services made it clear the best option to improve safety was by moving the intersection. The southbound lane of the Princes Highway was also widened to allow a new right- turn bay to be built for the new intersection,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“Work started in February this year and there were some challenges due to the relocation of overhead power lines resulting in the project being completed in two stages.”

Around 17,000 tonnes of road base was used to build the new alignment of Little Forest Road.

Mrs Sudmalis said the Federal Government was investing heavily in improving roads in Gilmore, including $3.2 million to realign Little Forest Road, $6.6 million to seal and upgrade Turpentine Road at Tomerong, and a $400,000 contribution to reposition the intersection of Flinders Road and the Princes Highway. She also thanked State Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock, for her assistance in identifying the need to move the intersection.