Locals seek traffic fix on Rosanna Road in Victoria

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi


Residents want measures put in place to curb truck traffic on a local road.

Locals seek traffic fix on Rosanna Road in Victoria
Residents want the Victorian Government to address severe traffic congestion on Rosanna Road.

 

Residents in Melbourne’s north-east fed up with truck congestion on a local road want traffic measures put in place.

The Resolve Rosanna Road group is calling on the Victorian Government to address problems on Rosanna Road, which is about 30 minutes north-east of Melbourne’s CBD in the local government area of Banyule.

The number of trucks using the route has continued to grow, but residents say it was never designed to be a major aerial road.

Rosanna Road is currently used as a main link between the Western Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway.

The road is banked up for kilometres at main intersections during daily peak hour traffic, Resolve Rosanna Road spokesman Mario Panaccio says.

"Vehicle commuters are fed up with waiting to get passage down Rosanna Road and local residents are fed up with being unable to travel within their local areas," Panaccio says.

Truck traffic noise and fumes are a major concern to residents, he adds.

"We’d like the people running up for Parliament to come up with short and long-term measures but we’d also like for them to suggest to us what they think their plans would be," Panaccio says.

"At the moment we hear a lot about plans but no one has actually come up with a definite answer."

Pannaccio says there are days when he cannot get out of his driveway due to the amount of traffic using the road.

"The Banyule Council plans to ask trucks to travel on the left hand lane but in many ways that makes things a lot more dangerous for pedestrians," he says.

"Even me trying to mow the lawn my life is in my own hands because there’s no footpath anymore because the road has been widened so much."

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