Truganina developer cash to fix Leakes intersection lights

The developer of Truganina’s Allura Estate will spend $4.1 million to upgrade and install traffic lights at the Leakes and Forsyth roads intersection.

Wyndham council last week approved a proposal by Stockland to fund the design and construction of the project, with the costs of work coming off the company’s $15.4 million liability to build arterial roads and major pathways within the estate.

There are plans to build a new section of Forsyth Road through the Allura Estate to con

nect with Leakes Road and works on the intersection are due to be completed by the end of the year.

The council’s transport portfolio holder, Cr Glenn Goodfellow, said Wyndham’s rapid population growth meant developer-funded projects would be critical to the city’s future.

“It’s a win-win for both developers and residents,” he said.

“Projects will not only be completed earlier but it allows the council to concentrate on improving other local roads, so it’s something we should encourage.”

Meanwhile, reconstruction works on Leakes Road between Tarneit and Davis roads is due to begin next month.

The $3.2 million council project will including widening the road, constructing kerbs and improving drainage.

Nearby residents will be notified by mail before the start of the project, which is expected to be completed by February next year.

A report by the Victorian Auditor-General last year revealed Wyndham had an infrastructure shortfall of more than $1.4 billion, while a council traffic survey released in February revealed 21 roads across the city are running above capacity, including Leakes Road.

The survey found Forsyth Road was carrying an average of 37,390 vehicles a day – about double the defined capacity for two-lane roads of 18,000 to 20,000 vehicles a day.