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Pedestrians to benefit from increased safety at Mt Eliza Intersection

Pedestrians and people with vision impairment can now safely cross the Nepean Highway at Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza, thanks to the recent pedestrian safety upgrade.

Local Federal Member for Dunkley, Bruce Billson, said he had been campaigning for the safety upgrade since local constituent Robert Spicer highlighted safety concerns at the intersection earlier this year.

“I met with Robert, his guide dog Kenji and his carer Bernie where they raised concerns about the lack of audio signals at the intersection, which often meant Robert could not cross the road unless he was with his carer,” Mr Billson said.

“After previous failed attempts to VicRoads to have the intersection upgraded, this is a great win for Robert and the Mt Eliza community.

“VicRoads have recently installed and activated audio-tactile devices to increase safety for all pedestrians and I thank them for carrying out this important work.

“The audio signals will be of great benefit to school children who use the intersection to safely cross the road to and from school.”
Mr Spicer welcomed the announcement and thanked VicRoads for their support.

“The installation of audio tactile devices means I can now walk to the shops to do my groceries, general shopping and pay bills without the need of my carer, as I will be able to hear when it is safe to cross the road,” Mr Spicer said.

“I would like to thank VicRoads for upgrading safety at the intersection and for helping me maintain my independence.”