Residents are fed up with Picton’s tiny one-lane ‘bypass’

The one-lane Victoria Bridge is what serves as a "bypass" of Picton at present. And residents are sick of it. Picture Chris Lane
The one-lane Victoria Bridge is what serves as a "bypass" of Picton at present. And residents are sick of it. Picture Chris Lane

Residents in the Picton area are thoroughly fed up with the old “bypass” of the town.

That bypass is the one-lane Victoria Bridge in Prince Street, just over a kilometre south of the town centre.

Roads and Maritime Services is investigating a new and better bypass of Picton so as to provide a more direct route between Thirlmere and Tahmoor to the Hume Highway – especially for heavy vehicles.

Part of that research involved seeking public feedback and the results are clear – residents are sick and tired of that one-lane bridge.

“Victoria Bridge can become a congested nightmare during peak times and isn't designed for the level of traffic,” one nearby resident told RMS.

“Our house overlooks the bridge and we witness at least one person on average a day getting stuck and doing damage to their vehicle.”

Another resident said having just one lane meant for confusion when it came to who gave way.

“Prince Street bridge is notorious for problems,” she said.

“Over-height vehicles or motorists refusing to give way to oncoming traffic.”

One resident pointed out the increase in residential lots being sold in Tahmoor and Thirlmere and said this meant traffic through the “bypass” was set to get worse.

“It is already a constant bottleneck,” he said.

“There only needs to be one vehicle stuck on the Victoria Bridge to see how ineffective the traffic flow is through Picton. Traffic can be queued and stopped for two kilometres.”

Public submissions for a new bypass of Picton ended last week.

RMS will use the community feedback while continuing to plan for the project.