Improving dangerous intersections in West Footscray

Maribyrnong mayor Anthony Tran, Fraser MP Daniel Mulino and Footscray MP Katie Hall welcomed the $542,000 of funding allocated towards safety improvement works at intersections in West Footscray as part of the federal government's Black Spot program. (Supplied)

Fraser MP Daniel Mulino has welcomed more than $500,000 in funding towards upgrades at two key West Footscray intersections.

Through its Black Spot program, the federal government has committed $542,000 towards upgrades at the intersections of Mitford Parade and Whitely Parade and the Geelong Road service road and median strip.

“Data from the council shows there have been 10 crashes over the past five years at this site,” he said.

“This money will go a long way to substantially reduce the risk of death and injury for residents and road users.”

Assistant Infrastructure and Transport Minister Carol Brown said the investment was part of the federal government’s annual commitment of $110 million to fix dangerous roads across the country, with Victoria receiving $18.4 million in this year’s funding round to improve 47 dangerous sites on the state’s roads.

West Footscray residents have been raising concerns with Maribyrnong council over road users using Mitford Parade and Whitely Parade as shortcuts and cars driving the wrong way along the one-way Geelong Road service road.

As part of the works, right turns from side streets would be banned and a raised safety platform and wombat crossing would be constructed on the service road at Mitford Parade, among other measures.


Matthew Sims