The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has joined with Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish in seeking a commitment on the completion of upgrade works on the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road in Pheasant Creek.
In a constituency question in State Parliament to the Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford, Ms Lovell relayed the concerns of one of her constituents about the condition of the road verges at the two bus stops outside the Pheasant Creek Post Office.
Deep pot holes on the verges on both sides of the road currently force vehicles to pull up on the roadway in order to avoid them, rather than pulling off the road safely. The area is also avoided by school buses picking up and dropping off students, creating the potential of a serious collision with oncoming traffic on Whittlesea-Kinglake Road.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell acknowledged that Ms Pulford was aware of the issue from a letter she received from Ms McLeish in May. Resulting correspondence from the Minister to Ms McLeish had indicated that sealing of the verges would be completed by Regional Roads Victoria by the end of August, yet no work had commenced.
As a result, Ms Lovell called on Ms Pulford to provide a timeline on the works and sought an undertaking from the Minister that the sealing of the verges would be completed.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Minister has been aware of these dangerous hazards on the Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd in Pheasant Creek since May and promised the works would be completed more than two months ago, yet no works have even commenced.
“The safety of motorists and pedestrians, including school students using the bus stops, is at risk because of inaction by the Andrews Labor Government.
“I call on Ms Pulford to provide an undertaking that this important sealing of the verges on the Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd at Pheasant Creek will be completed.”
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