A motorist involved in a recent car accident at the intersection of Gocup Road and the Snowy Mountains Highway at Tumut has urged for the intersection to be reviewed, and she is not alone.
Wendy Vilella, who was hospitalized after the accident, wrote an impassioned letter to the Tumut and Adelong Times about the intersection last week.
“The reason for writing this letter is to prevent anyone else having this frightening experience and most importantly, preventing any fatalities,” she wrote.
After being involved in the accident, she spoke with many who shared her feelings about the spot.
“I wish I kept count of the number of times it was referred to as ‘that bloody intersection’. The signage is very poor as the road approaches the intersection and these roads appear to be a major route for heavy vehicles, so surely if it is so well known for its danger, it should be a focus for review.”
Penny Rossato works at Tumut Valley Tyre Service, which overlooks the intersection and feels the same way about it.
“It is absolutely shocking,” she said.
“It is amazing that there aren’t more accidents there. There are near misses there every day.”
She believes the intersection desperately needs to be made safe.
“Heavens yes,” she said.
“When people wait here to get tyres fitted, they look at the intersection and say ‘oh my god.’ We get comments about it every day that it is so bad. Something really bad is going to happen there one day and I hope I am not around to see it.”
Snowy Valleys Council executive director of engineering services Matthew Christensen said Council had appealed to the Roads and Maritime Services and Federal Government to have a roundabout installed at the intersection.
“We have had designs done for the roundabout, which we have submitted to the RMS and such a project would cost about $2.5 million,” he said
“We have applied to the Federal Government for Black Spot funding, but the crash statistics are not high enough to make it a high priority.”
He doesn’t believe the money for such a project will be coming soon.
“There are no funding commitments on the horizon,” he said.
Tumut Fire and Rescue Captain Michael Ivill said there had been many accidents at the intersection over the past 15 to 20 years.
“People who are coming into town don’t read the intersection properly,” he said.
“We believe ripple strips are needed there.”