Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford
Next Round Of Road Safety Upgrades To Save More Lives
Victor P Taffa
Another 16 roads will be upgraded across the state as part of the Andrews Government’s record road safety investment.
Last year Victoria recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but 214 lives lost are still 214 too many.
Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced that the Midland Highway between Buninyong and Meredith is 1 of 8 regional roads to be made safer.
“Last year Victoria experienced the lowest number of deaths on our roads since records began. While this was heartening, it’s no consolation to the hundreds of families who tragically lost a loved one on our roads.” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford said.
“One life lost is one too many and that’s why we’re continuing our unprecedented investment in road safety upgrades across the state this year.”
This $229 Million investment will be boosted by a further $111 Million to improve road safety across Melbourne, including improvements on another 8 metropolitan roads.
Some of the roads that will receive upgrades include:
- Bellarine Highway between Leopold and Wallington,
- South Gippsland Highway between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang,
- Murray Valley Highway between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Boga.
These 16 priority roads have been identified for safety upgrades following extensive investigations, including assessing each road’s crash history, topography and roadside environment.
Road safety projects will include flexible safety barriers and rumble strip line-marking, reducing the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes.
Andrews Government’s will also improve more than 200 rural intersections, roll out more rumble-strip line-marking and flexible safety barriers, install fully-controlled right turns to improve safety in metropolitan areas, and make high-risk local roads safer.
Towards Zero Action Plan
These projects are part of the $1.4 Billion Towards Zero Action Plan. Towards Zero aims to reduce road deaths to less than 200 a year and serious injuries by 15 % by 2020.
First package of Towards Zero road safety upgrades is currently being rolled out across the state including major upgrades on 20 high-risk roads, improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and installing new technology at dangerous rural intersections.