BY EMMA SCHMIDT
MOTORISTS fed up with congested traffic at the High Street and Stephensons roads intersection could get some relief regardless of who wins the state election.
Liberal candidate for Mt Waverley Michael Gidley last week announced that, if elected, his party would give $100,000 to install a right-turn traffic signal, allowing west-bound traffic along High Street Rd to turn right into Stephensons Rd.
But Mt Waverley state Labor MP Maxine Morand said VicRoads was already looking at improving the intersection.
Mr Gidley said the intersection was most congested in the mornings, as parents dropped off their children at nearby schools such as the Mt Waverley Secondary College junior and senior campuses.
“Because there is no right-turn arrow, the (right-turning) traffic banks up and actually blocks (through) traffic,” Mr Gidley said.
He claimed some residents had initially sent their complaints to Ms Morand, but she had told them to contact VicRoads. “I think that’s not good enough,” Mr Gidley said.
In a written statement, Ms Morand said she had already been lobbying for changes to the intersection.
“VicRoads is already working on options to improve the safety of this intersection, including providing a controlled right turn,” she said.