The Federal and Victorian Governments have allocated new funding for road projects aimed at reducing fatal and serious road incidents across the state.

A joint commitment of $120 million will be invested in improving safety on targeted regional roads, footpaths and cycleways through to 30 June 2025.

The Road Safety Program funding seeks to address road safety on Victorian roads across 24 sites, including four packages of works. This comprises 15 projects in regional areas and nine projects in urban and metropolitan areas.

Proposed safety projects in Victoria include:

  • $4,745,000 for the Regional School Safety improvement package, including pedestrian and cyclist treatments 
  • $2,255,000 for the Regional Speed Package, constructing static traffic controls and signage to improve critical intersections and road awareness 

This funding under the Federal Government’s Road Safety Program aims to reduce the risk of death and serious injury crashes through road, footpath and cycleway project improvements.

These projects will also provide valuable road safety data that will help shape future policy and road safety for everyone using the nation’s roads.

The Federal Government has substantially increased Black Spot Program funding, which is progressively rising from $110 million to $150 million per year.

This is part of the government’s response to the worsening road toll which includes doubling Roads to Recovery funding from $500 million to $1 billion a year and delivering a nationally harmonised set of high-quality and timely data to inform road safety decision making.

Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown, said, “The Australian and Victorian governments are committed to improving road safety by significantly reducing the number of road deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“The Road Safety Program is part of our ongoing commitment to this vision by funding works identified by State Governments.

“These works will also help us with improving road safety data and program evaluation and we appreciate the Victorian Government’s support on this vital work.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, said, “These road safety upgrades will help to reduce the number of crashes across our state and prolong the life of Victoria’s roads for years to come.

“This investment will provide valuable road safety data which will inform future decision making so that we can make further improvements to our road network.”

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