Safer travel through roundabout at notorious Beechworth-Wodonga Road intersection

DANGER DOWNGRADED: A new roundabout on Beechworth-Wooragee Road aims to stop a series of fatal and serious injury crashes. Picture: MARK JESSER
DANGER DOWNGRADED: A new roundabout on Beechworth-Wooragee Road aims to stop a series of fatal and serious injury crashes. Picture: MARK JESSER

The roundabout installed on Beechworth-Wodonga Road at Wooragee has been described as an improvement to one of Victoria’s most dangerous roads.

Now opened for a few weeks, the roundabout is part of a $9.6 million upgrade to the major throughway.

The new overtaking lane between Edmondson Lane and Star Lane aims to improve traffic flow for Wodonga-bound traffic and the speed limit was lowered to 80km/h through the Wooragee township.

Northern Victoria MP Jaclyn Symes said the roundabout would improve safety for drivers and cyclists at the notorious intersection.

“This section of Beechworth-Wodonga Road is being transformed from one of the most dangerous roads in the state to a much safer connection for the community,” she said.

There were 13 crashes along this stretch of road between June 2010 and August 2016, including five deaths and 14 serious injuries.

Other safety improvements include widening the centreline to prevent head-on crashes, left-hand flexible safety barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and rumble strips to alert drivers if they stray from their lane.

A second stage of works, from Wooragee to Balaclava Road in Beechworth, is being designed and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.