A review of traffic volumes at Echuca's Murray Valley Hwy and Scott Rd intersection does not indicate it is an accident blackspot, VicRoads says.By Jess Craig
A turning lane at the Murray Valley Hwy and Scott Rd intersection is unlikely to be added any time soon.
Following a serious two-car collision on Sunday which saw two people airlifted to hospital, a number of residents expressed their opinions about the need for a turning lane at the intersection on the Riverine Herald’s Facebook page.
According to figures sought from VicRoads, on an average weekday the traffic volume on the highway between the Echuca-Kyabram Rd and Simmie Rd is about 3400 vehicles (both directions combined).
During the five and a half-year period from January 2008 to July 2013, there have been nine recorded crashes along the Murray Valley Hwy between Echuca-Kyabram Rd and Simmie Rd resulting in two serious injuries.
VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said a review of the traffic volumes and the intersection’s recent five year crash history did not indicate it was an accident ‘blackspot’.
He said the intersection remains unlikely to be funded for improvements in the short term.
But Mr Kersting said safety on the Murray Valley Hwy was ‘‘very important.’’
‘‘The Murray Valley Hwy serves as an important freight route between Melbourne and the northern region of the state, so ensuring the safety for all road users is very important,’’ he said.
‘‘Many requests for improvement projects are received state-wide and each one is considered and prioritised for potential funding based on traffic volumes, crash history, the existing speed limit and the type of turning opportunities at a location.
‘‘VicRoads will continue to monitor the safety and operation of this section of the Murray Valley Hwy.’’
One woman wrote that the intersection was ‘‘always dangerous’’.
Another woman agreed and said the section from MaryAnn Rd to Lady Augusta Rd was ‘‘a death waiting to happen’’.
The driver of the vehicle, a 76-year-old Shepparton man, remains in a serious but stable condition at Melbourne’s The Alfred Hospital.
His 25-year-old female passenger, a young mother, is in a stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
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