BY EMMA SCHMIDT
A WEEK after the Liberals promised $100,000 to fix the High Street and Stephensons roads intersection in Mt Waverley, Labor has announced twice the money to fix it next year.
Last week the Leader reported the Coalition election promise of $100,000 for a right-turn arrow for west-bound traffic along High Street Rd.
Mt Waverley Liberal candidate Michael Gidley said the arrow would relieve congestion at the heavily used intersection.
He alleged Mt Waverley state Labor MP Maxine Morand had handballed residents’ concerns to VicRoads, but Ms Morand has refuted those claims with the announcement of secured funding for the intersection.
“Quite a few people have raised it with me over the past few years,” Ms Morand said.
“I have written twice to the Minister for Roads. Works will be definitely starting next year.”
Ms Morand said VicRoads had been investigating the intersection, which has had five crashes causing casualties in the past five years, and decided to install fully controlled right turns on High Street Rd on both the east and west approaches to Stephensons Rd.
There is already a right turn arrow on the east-bound approach, but this light now only turns green — a “fully controlled turn” will enable the light to also progress through green to amber and red.
But Mr Gidley accused the Government of bringing out this funding just before the state election to gain votes.
“The Brumby Government has done nothing for years, and six weeks before people vote, Maxine Morand has suddenly woken up,” he said.
“I think it’s just an unbelievable commitment.”