The intersection of Palm Avenue and Muntenpen Street has been allocated funding under the federal government’s back spot program. A TROUBLESOME Leeton intersection that is prone to accidents and “near misses” has received federal government funding to increase safety.
The Muntenpen Street and Palm Avenue intersection has received $31,780 from the government as part of its Black Spot program.
Leeton Shire Council applied for the funding, but was unsuccessful the first time around with its original design to improve safety.Going back to the drawing board, council’s new plan was recently approved by the government for the funding.
As a result,raised islands (speed cushions) will be installed, with morestop or give-way signage to also be placed in the area.
Council’s director of engineering and technical services Barry Heins said the funding was crucial to the project going ahead.
“These measures will hopefully increase safety in that area,” he said.
“This has been an area that has had numerous crashes and near-misses over the years.We’re pleased this funding has been approved.”
The Leeton project was one of three projects to be approved in the Riverina, with the other twolocated on the Hume Highway.
Cheryl Whymark has lived in Muntenpen Streetfor almost 22 years.She said anything to improve safety was a positive, but believed the intersection of Palm Avenue andMyrtle Street was also an issue.
“That’s where I find the biggest blind spot to be,” she said.“I would have thought maybe a roundabout would be better there, but if this will help it’s good.
“I think every year there is at least one accident there and near-misses happen all of the time.
“I’ve actually changed where I drive to avoid that area now.I think anything that gets people to slow down there will be good.”
A panel of independent road safety experts approved the projects, which will be completed inthe next financial year.Member for Riverina Michael McCormack was pleased to see the region feature in the funding.
“Accidents take a huge toll on families and our communities and I am delighted to see theseupgrades approved,” he said.
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