The Victorian Government says that 2020 will see a record number of road safety upgrades taking place, targeting the state’s most dangerous roads and intersections with “lifesaving infrastructure”.
The Victorian Government’s $226 million investment into safety infrastructure upgrades will kick off in 2020, with hundreds of new projects.
More than 340kms of new safety barriers will be installed in 2020 to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes – in addition to over 2,300kms of barriers already installed on our highest-risk roads.
Roads around Melbourne set to receive barriers next year include:
- Moorooduc Road
- Western Port Highway
- Frankston Freeway
As well regional roads including:
- Midland Highway near Buninyong and Shepparton
- Fyansford-Gheringhap Road in the south west
- Murray Valley Highway near Lake Boga
Member for Yuroke Ros Spences said, “We’re rolling out these safety upgrades, like the barriers here in Kalkallo, because we know they save lives.”
An additional 1600km of rumble strip line-marking will be rolled out across the state to alert drivers if they begin to accidentally veer out of their lane.
Around 117 rural intersections will see improvements such as rumble strips, signage and line-marking, while more Side Road Activated Speed technology will be installed at the highest-risk sites to slow vehicles down to a safer speed while someone is waiting to turn onto the main road.
Fully controlled right turns at the traffic lights at twelve intersections will be introduced to prevent risky turns across traffic, or while pedestrians are still crossing.
Funding has also been provided to 15 regional town councils for improvements including speed humps, small roundabouts and intersection upgrades, while another 90 towns will receive eye-catching signs and line-marking at entrances to remind drivers they are entering a town and need to slow down.
With the current Victorian roads death toll for the year at 246 – the state government says the installation of proven safety infrastructure is crucial.
Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jaala Pulford, said, “We’re almost at the end of an absolutely devastating year on our roads, with 246 people losing their lives, countless families missing a loved one at Christmas and friends who will bring in a new year without their mate.
“Next year we’ll be reaching more communities than ever before with hundreds of new road safety upgrades getting underway – including more lifesaving barriers on our highest-risk roads.”
All these upgrades are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy.