High and Elm street roadworks.

Works have started in Golden Square that will limit access at the Elm and High Street intersection.

City of Greater Bendigo engineering manager Brett Martini said the works would see vehicle access at the busy intersection limited to left turning traffic only into Elm Street from High Street, and the closure of access to High Street from Elm Street.

“Motorists currently use Elm Street as a shortcut to avoid the traffic lights at the Oak Street/High Street intersection, while motorists also stop on High Street to turn right into Elm Street.

“Limiting access to Elm Street will stop this and help make it safer for all road users,” Mr Martini said.

“There have been six casualty accidents (five rear-end and one head-on collision) at this intersection over the past five years,” he said.

The works will include lengthening the turning lane at the Oak Street/High Street intersection, installation of new drainage, kerb and channel, landscaping, a new footpath across a section of Elm Street and a bus stop will also be moved to provide better access for bus patrons.

The project started this week, and should be finalised by June 30.

The $462,000 project at Golden Square is part of the Victorian government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, and has been funded through the Transport Accident Commission.