I WISH to renew interest in the traffic situation from Mt Clear through Mt Helen.
I am fortunate to avoid the morning traffic snarl on most occasions, but recently I experienced this in its full extent en route to a 9am doctor's appointment.
It took over six minutes to travel about 300m through the Damascus College traffic lights, which appear to give priority to traffic turning in and out from both sides of the main road, resulting in long queues building up on the highway either side of the lights.
As a regular user of this road, I am also amazed (read annoyed) by the frequency of red lights encountered at this point even outside school times.
It is not unusual to have to stop for one car turning out of the college, when they could quite reasonably wait for a break in the light traffic at these times.
And speaking of lights, why not put them where they are really needed, like the Whitehorse-Main Road intersection?
This intersection has long since outgrown the use of a roundabout for traffic control, surely?
Traffic lights seem to be popping up everywhere but where they could be really useful. There are, of course, other examples around Ballarat where this situation is becoming desperate as well - when does a roundabout become obsolete?
I imagine I am not alone in these observations and encourage the relevant authorities to review these situations before they become intolerable.