Originally written by ROXANNE PUNTON
TYRENDARRA residents claim it is only a matter of time before a fatality occurs at the Ettrick Rd turn-off at Tyrendarra and have called on the Glenelg Shire Council to lobby VicRoads for improvements.
Residents attending the Glenelg Shire Tyrendarra Community Feedback Forum said the intersection averaged two accidents a year and desperately needed work.
The Portland Observer has attended a number of accidents at the intersection, most recently in April of this year, June 2001 and June 2000.
Trucks were involved in each accident, and in the June 2001 accident a truck came close to careering through the front of a Tyrendarra house.
The last accident involved an empty gas tanker rolling and ending up beneath power lines.
Residents at the forum called for better lighting, turning lanes and signage.
One resident described the number of cars (including some towing caravans) and trucks doing u-turns after missing the intersection as “quite alarming”.
Glenelg Shire Council community development manager Kelly Grigsby said the council was happy to take up the problems with VicRoads.
VicRoads regional manager Rob Freemantle said funding of about $15,000 was allocated earlier in the year for lighting at the intersection, and the work was expected to be complete by early next year.
He said VicRoads was in the process of arranging the works, but often when service authorities were involved there was a minimum wait of three to four months to coordinate the work.
Mr Freemantle said he would also have the signage checked and, if there was a problem, appropriate signage would be installed.
He said VicRoads was aware of two casualty accidents in the last five years and that was why the funding had been allocated.