I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the other place regarding the upgrade of Thompsons Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road.
That project is currently underway, with VicRoads replacing a roundabout with traffic lights, but unbelievably in completing this project VicRoads has decided to completely close that intersection for five weeks. It has been closed for one week now with a further four to go.
Now, Thompsons Road is the single most significant east–west road in the south-eastern region, and Frankston-Dandenong Road is also one of the most significant north–south roads. Completely closing that intersection for five weeks is causing incredible traffic chaos in surrounding streets.
Roads such as McCormicks Road where it intersects with Thompsons Road, Wedge Road where it intersects with Frankston-Dandenong Road, Hall Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road, Ballarto Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road have all become absolutely chaotic in the last week.
This has been made all the worse by VicRoads’s decision to randomly close some turning lanes off Frankston Road onto those adjoining roads because it believed there would be more counter-traffic turning in the opposite direction, which has further impeded traffic flow, and its failure to adjust traffic light sequences at the closed intersections. For example, at Frankston Road and Wedge Road where it is no longer possible to travel north along Frankston Road there is still a sequence for green lights for traffic to travel north, despite that passage being blocked.
The closure of these turning lanes and the failure to resequence the traffic lights is causing additional unnecessary traffic congestion on top of the bizarre decision to completely close the intersection for five weeks on what is an absolutely critical east–west connection where there is no alternative route.
So I ask the minister to immediately intervene to ensure that at least those traffic light sequences are corrected so that the immediate traffic congestion that these actions by VicRoads have caused can be corrected.