The first Victorian two-lane roundabout with physical lane separators and kerbing designed to separate traffic on approach will be installed on the intersection of the Surf Coast Highway and South Beach Road in Torquay.
The roundabout has four legs and aims to allow drivers to select a safe and appropriate gap to cross the intersection.
Dedicated bicycle lanes and bicycle hook turn bays will also be installed to improve safety for cyclists travelling to and from Geelong, Armstrong Creek and Torquay.
Design and land acquisition for the new roundabout has been completed, with service relocation and vegetation removal underway for construction to begin in summer.
Safety is one of the major factors behind the design of the roundabout, which aims to reduce the number of incidents which involve drivers turning right from South Beach Road onto the highway or turning right from the highway into South Beach Road.
Funding will be delivered thorough the Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program. The state government has invested $2.5 million alongside the Surf Coast Shire’s contribution of $800,000 towards the project.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the upgrade will reduce the speed of drivers approaching the intersection and prevent people from cutting into other lanes.
“This roundabout is the first of its kind in Victoria – designed to make this notorious site safer for everyone travelling between Geelong, Armstrong Creek and Torquay,” he said.
“We know how dangerous this intersection is – that’s why we’re not wasting a minute making the Surf Coast Highway safer for everyone who relies on it every day.”