VicRoads says funding unlikely
VICROADS is looking into traffic usage on Napier Street amid concerns over congestion in White Hills.
But the authority says funding for upgrades are unlikely in the short term.
About 50 frustrated residents attended a forum last week to discuss issues with the two-lane stretch of road.
City of Greater Bendigo councillor Peter Cox said there had been some good suggestions, including widening the road, extending Kennewell Street to Holdsworth Road and slowing traffic.
“The problems are where cars are lined up trying to get out of the precinct,” he said.
“Because there’s only one set of lights the traffic is slow and it is frustrating trying to get out of the area.
“They also talked about Raglan Street and Bobs Street where measures need to be taken to slow traffic down.”
(It) remains unlikely that there will funding in the short term
Cr Cox said another meeting would be held with VicRoads in about three months to follow up the suggestions.
“We’ve invited regional director Mal Kersting back in March,” he said.
“We’d also like to see the school get involved to see how students get to school.
“The overwhelming suggestion from the meeting was that council doesn’t approve any further subdivisions in the area but that’s probably unrealistic.
“What we really need to do is study the subdivisions and evaluate the impact of additional traffic on the area and the consequences of that.”
Mr Kersting there was not a simple solution to the issue.
“There are no easy or inexpensive solutions to making more road space; it requires investigating how we make better use of the existing road space in the area to improve how people move around,” he said.
“Many road improvement requests are received state-wide and each one is considered and prioritised for potential funding.
“VicRoads will continue to explore future traffic solutions for the area, however it currently remains unlikely that there will funding in the short term.”
The ALP promised $15 million to duplicate the road ahead of the last state election, which it lost.
The party is considering its policies ahead of next year's election.
Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said no one had raised the issue with him or his office.
"I'll be asking VicRoads for daily vehicle count data and where it rates on the priority of projects within the region," he said.