PLANNED speed reductions at the notorious Madden Road and Remembrance Drive intersection near Cardigan Village have been slammed as a "cheap and nasty" fix by Ripon MP Louise Staley.
Last week, the State Government announced sweeping changes to the intersection which has claimed one life and seriously injured 18 others in the three years to the end of 2018.
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The planned changes which will be put in place in the coming weeks include a reduction of the speed limit from 80km/h to 60km/h, the installation of rumble strips and extra signage alerting to the change in road conditions.
But Ms Staley, who's electorate takes in areas including Cardigan Village and Lucas said the only way to fix the intersection was to build lasting infrastructure such as a roundabout.
"Many members of the local community want to see a roundabout at the dangerous intersection which would have a lasting impact on the traffic flow and reduce the risk of collisions," Ms Staley said.
"I support calls to install an appropriately designed roundabout and call on the state government to deliver a real fix for this dangerous intersection."
"Instead, the Andrews Government is just going to slap up 60kpm speed signs and walk away."
The Avenue of Honour Committee has cautiously welcomed the move as a way of preserving the integrity of the 100-year-old avenue, but admits if the changes don't make a difference to the accident rate, more measures may be needed.
Councillor Daniel Moloney said while a roundabout might very well be a final solution, it was reasonable to try other things first.
"A roundabout would be a last resort," he said. "We're happy for this approach because of the lack of physical impact on the road itself.
"We work closely with VicRoads and this intersection is abnormally high in all the stats. If we had a state agency not paying attention to the stats, then that would be cause for concern."
Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said the new speed limit would assist in keeping the avenue's historic intergity.
"These safety measures balance the need to improve safety along Remembrance Drive while minimising any impact on the heritage of the Avenue of Honour," Ms Pulford said.
However, Ms Staley said a change in limit was simply not the answer.
"Over the past few years, drivers on Remembrance Drive have been faced with constantly changing speed limits between Lucas and the Western Highway," she said
"By continuing to tinker with the limits, without properly addressing the problem, the Government is putting local drivers at risk."
"This is a cheap and nasty response to a serious problem is yet another disappointment from a Government that continues to under invest in regional roads."
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