Safety upgrades for dangerous roads

A record number of road safety upgrades will get underway next year, targeting the state’s most dangerous roads and intersections.

The Victorian Government will invest $226 million in proven safety infrastructure, with upgrades beginning in 2020 and reaching more communities than ever before.

Next year, more than 340 kilometres of new safety barriers will be installed to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes, in addition to over 2,300 kilometres of barriers already installed on our highest-risk roads.

Roads around Melbourne set to receive life-saving barriers next year include Moorooduc Road, the Western Port Highway and the Frankston Freeway, as well regional roads including the Midland Highway near Buninyong and Shepparton, Fyansford-Gheringhap Road in the south west, and the Murray Valley Highway near Lake Boga.

An additional 1,600 kilometres 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 also be made safer with 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.

Drivers and pedestrians in Melbourne will be safer with the introduction of fully controlled right turns at the traffic lights at 12 intersections to prevent risky turns across traffic, or while pedestrians are still crossing.

Local councils at 15 regional towns will receive funding 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.

All these upgrades are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy.