Mildura’s high-risk intersections to receive safety boost

Mildura will receive a safety boost, with three of its highest-risk intersections undergoing upgrades.

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jaala Pulford, said the upgrades are being rolled out under a $25 million program that will see over 200 high speed, high risk rural intersections receive safety upgrades.

Intersections to receive upgrades include the intersections of Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue, Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street, and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue.

The upgrades will prevent crashes and save lives with each intersection to receive a combination of safety improvements, including upgraded warning signs, rumble strips, new guide posts, updated linemarking and safety barriers, and new hazard markers.

Additional signage and linemarking has already been installed at the intersection of the Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue.

Further upgrades including traffic islands, rumble strips and linemarking will be installed at the intersections of Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street, and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue will be delivered in March 2020.

Intersections have been selected using data including crash history, traffic volumes, poor visibility and community concern about road safety in their area.

The 200 intersection upgrades taking place across the state are being delivered in two stages between now and mid-2020.

“We are working to keep all Victorians safe with some of the most significant road safety upgrades that the state has ever seen – because everyone deserves to get home safely,” Ms Pulford said.

“We’re creating a more forgiving road network to better protect road users when a simple mistake or the unexpected happens.”

Member for Northern Victorian, Mark Gepp, said, “We are continuing to see the majority of Victorian road deaths occur on country roads, which is why we’re investing in lifesaving infrastructure to keep the Mildura community safe.

“These upgrades will go a long way to boosting safety for people who drive through these intersections every day.”

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