Hazard handballed

April 05, 2018

Times a ticking: Shepparton resident David Gawne has waited months and months for a traffic obstruction to be cleared.

For months and months David Gawne has driven passed an annoying traffic obstruction.

The retired paramedic has seen more road trauma than most, including a fatal accident not far from the traffic obstruction, and says it is only a matter of time.

‘‘I’m trying to create an itch for someone to scratch,’’ the Shepparton resident says.

As he describes it, the ‘‘pimple on a pumpkin’’ on the corner of Graham St and Verney Rd, Shepparton, is a traffic inconvenience.

‘‘It’s in plain sight, it’s an obvious hazard but each authority keep handballing the issue,’’ Mr Gawne said.

‘‘People can’t use the slip lane (on Verney Rd) and something needs to be done as soon as possible.’’

More than a month ago Mr Gawne spoke to Greater Shepparton City Council, which told him the pit was an NBN asset.

When contacted by The News yesterday, NBN declined to comment.

The council was more forthcoming, with city engineer Phil Hoare acknowledging Mr Gawne’s concerns regarding the ‘‘Telstra/NBN pit’’.

‘‘The intent was to make the pit redundant and for it to be removed, however the presence of significant NBN infrastructure and the substantial cost to relocate this has required council to consider alternatives,’’ he said.

‘‘Council is working with NBN and Telstra to identify options including potential for joint funding or alternative intersection layouts.’’

Mr Hoare said a number of productive meetings with both Telstra and NBN had taken place, with a resolution expected in the next few weeks.

‘‘In the interim, council will be installing additional barriers and safety signage to ensure safe traffic movements at the intersection,’’ he said.

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