No Wright turn

By Tate Papworth

A set of traffic lights in Sunshine has been struck by a vehicle – again.

The lights at the corner of Wright Street and Anderson Road have been struck by turning vehicles on multiple occasions over the past few years.

VicRoads has received reports of 32 faults involving the traffic lights at the intersection between January 2014 and February 2020.

Faults can include the signals being struck by a vehicle or another object, broken light globes or interruptions to the power supply.

Presently, a support guard has been placed around the base of one of the traffic lights and a power chord is linking it to another set of lights.

Local resident, Marcus posted photos of the most recent damage to Facebook.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – just like VicRoads replacing the traffic lights at the corner of Wright Street and Anderson Road, which keep getting knocked down by turning trucks,” the post stated.

Another resident said a plan was needed to stop history from repeating.

“These are classified as main roads and as such trucks have as much right to drive on them as anyone else.

“What needs to happen is a more comprehensive plan for properly located lights and extra turn space for trucks to enable them to manoeuvre around corners easily without having to take another lane.”

VicRoads said it inspects all traffic lights and pedestrian signals every three months.