- $6.1 million contract for road safety improvement works in South Gippsland
- Reducing the risk and severity of ‘run-off-road’ crashes
- Coalition Government building better roads to improve safety for Victorians
Safety improvement works along sections of both the South Gippsland and Bass Highways are scheduled to commence next month following the awarding of a $6.1 million contract to QR Construction Pty Ltd, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced today.
Mr Mulder said significant safety improvement works will be undertaken along the 14 kilometre section of the South Gippsland Highway between Lang Lang and Bass River and the 9.5 kilometre section of Bass Highway between Lang Lang and The Gurdies.
Over the past five years there have been 31 accidents on these sections of highway in which people have been injured and of those 21 involved vehicles running off the road.
“The works that have been commissioned by the Coalition Government along these sections of highway, aim to reduce the risk and severity of incidents involving ‘run-off-road’ crashes,” Mr Mulder said.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said more than 40 kilometres of wire rope safety barriers would be installed along these sections of highway to ensure run-off-road vehicles are protected from potential roadside hazards.
“This installation of wire rope safety barriers is part of the ‘safe system’ approach which ensures run-off-road vehicles are better protected from potential roadside hazards,” Mr Ryan said.
“Works will also include the removal of other roadside hazards, such as trees, as well as widening and sealing sections of road shoulder where safety barriers are being installed.
“Upgrades to rumble strips and centrelines will also help alert drivers if they stray from their lanes, and reflective pavement markers and warning signs will also be upgraded to assist drivers negotiate bends in the road.
“This important safety project is being carried out in addition to rehabilitation and resealing works which are currently underway across South Gippsland, which are being funded though the Victorian Coalition Government’s separate $170 million boost for road maintenance.”
Mr Mulder said the road safety upgrades are being funded through the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), which is aimed specifically at risk reduction for road users through vital safety improvements, such as installation of wire-rope barriers, shoulder sealing, improved road signage and the removal of roadside hazards.
“The funding for this project is the centrepiece of Victoria’s new Road Safety Strategy 2013-22 and Action Plan 2013-16, which includes a new and stronger focus on measuring and reducing serious injuries,” Mr Mulder said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has significantly boosted the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP) funding to $1 billion over 10 years. This represents an increase of more than 30 per cent a year.
“We’ve had successive, record low road tolls in Victoria and we need to keep working hard to ensure that we stay a world leader in road safety.”
For further information on Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy visit www.roadsafety.vic.gov.au