Drivers in Lalor can look forward to safer and less congested journeys, with the Andrews Labor Government today switching on new traffic lights at the intersection of Dalton Road and Childs Road.

Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today to announce the completion of works on the $5.5 million intersection upgrade.

The upgrade replaces a congested roundabout and features dedicated turning lanes, new pedestrian crossings  and additional street lighting.

Priority boxes have been installed to make the intersection safer for cyclists, giving them a head start on each green light and reducing conflict with general traffic.

A raised platform will further improve safety by reducing the speed of vehicles as they approach and travel through the intersection.

As well as making the intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians, the upgrade will improve traffic flow on Dalton Road and Childs Road and reduce travel times, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon peak periods.

More than 26,000 vehicles use the Dalton Road and Childs Road intersection every day with long queues at the roundabout often prompting some drivers to take unnecessary risks.

In the past five years, there were 11 recorded crashes at the intersection, resulting in one serious injury.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio:

“By removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights and dedicated turning lanes, we’ve made this frustrating bottle neck safer and less congested.”

“We’re listening to locals and getting on with improving the roads people rely on every day.”

Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny

“This intersection has been a concern for the local community for many years and I’m proud to say the Andrews Labor Government has fixed it.”

“This upgrade will unlock the bottleneck at the intersection of Dalton and Childs Roads, reducing the time people spend stuck in traffic.”