Road works create ‘chaos’

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THE state opposition has slammed works which have closed the Thompsons Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road intersection for five weeks.

South Eastern Metropolitan region Liberal member Gordon Rich-Phillips said the works have “created an absolute nightmare for over 58,000 daily road users”.

“The road detours put in place as a result of this closure are now blocking lanes on surrounding key intersections causing traffic chaos. These roads include McCormicks Road where it intersects with Thompsons Road, Wedge Road where it intersects with Frankston-Dandenong Road, Hall Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road, Ballarto Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road. 

“With COVID-19 restrictions starting to be lifted, we are seeing traffic volumes starting to increase and return to normal. Priority should have been given to complete this project earlier to take advantage of the significantly reduced volumes of traffic.

“The Andrews Government’s botched detours around Thompsons Road are causing traffic chaos. It needs to immediately fix the lane closures and traffic light sequences to get traffic moving again”.

The intersection closed on 5 June and is scheduled to reopen on 13 July (“Roundabout to go”, The News, 3/6/20).

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 24 June 2020

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