A notorious intersection in Geelong is about to become the first in Australia with raised safety platforms, under a trial conducted by Victoria’s state government.
The intersection in question is the corner of Kidman Avenue and the Surf Coast Highway in Belmont.
From January 1 2008 to December 31 2012, this intersection saw six collisions involving road trauma; four of which resulted from vehicles attempting to turn right.
Using a method modelled by The Netherlands, the intersection will soon feature raised sections - similar to speed humps - in order to 'calm' approaching traffic.
Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission reports that the Dutch program has been deemed a success when combined with traffic lights, while VicRoads believes impacts on travel times from the new intersection design will be minimal.
The trial was proposed by the Monash University Accident Research Centre, which studied intersections from around the world to gauge their effectiveness.
"We're searching the world for the best ideas and trialling them here, because road safety matters," Victoria’s Minister for Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said.
"This is an Australian first. Research suggests that the new, innovative design can save lives."
The upgrade forms part of the $1.4 million Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) from Victoria’s newly-elected state government.
Images via Monash University
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