Tania Maxwell welcomes Northern Victoria road safety fundin
Tania Maxwell MP has welcomed $9.7 million state government investment to make Northern Victoria’s roads safer for drivers and local communities.
The Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP said Victoria will fund 20 per cent and the federal government 80 per cent for safety works at Avenel, Bendigo, Cosgrove South, Shepparton, Kilmore, Warracknabeal to Birchip, and Robinvale to Sealake costing almost $49m in the third round of the national Road Safety Program announced last week.
“I’m really pleased to see money for improvements to the complicated and dangerous intersection where Jones and Tarcombe roads join the Hume Freeway at Avenel, which the community and I have been chasing for almost three years” Ms Maxwell said.
“The funded project, costing $720,000, will improve signage and line-marking and that’s a good step.
“The Victorian and federal governments say the changes will help drivers and riders correct their actions approaching the intersection, reducing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities.
“After numerous meetings, I last talked with advisers to Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll MP and Regional Roads Victoria six months ago to put the community’s solutions for a safer freeway intersection on the table.
“Following a safety review promised in May 2020, and since carried out by Regional Roads Victoria, the concept plans for the fix the community’s been seeking were due in December.
“But the people of Avenel are still waiting. They deserve to see this sorted.”
National Road Safety Program jointly-funded works have to be finished within six months.
Details of projects funded in round 3:
Avenel – Safety improvements including improved signage and line marking.
Cost: $720,000 total, $144,000 (V = Victoria), $576,000 (Aus = federal). Signage and line marking provides a greater opportunity for drivers and riders to correct their actions before an accident occurs. It is expected that improving signage and line markings will result in a reduction in serious injuries and fatalities.
Bendigo-Redesdale Road (C327) and Kairn Rd, Bendigo – Construction of new traffic signals including raised safety platforms, shared users’ path and other associated works.
Cost: $1.4m total, $288,000 (V), $1.15 (Aus). Raised safety platforms provide greater visibility of pedestrians and combined with pedestrian operated signals improve pedestrian behaviour and compliance resulting in a calmer environment to safely cross the road. Starting round 3.
Midland Hwy (A300) Stage 5. Installation of continuous safety barriers including road widening and associated works on up to 6km of road between Cosgrove South and Benalla.
Cost: $18.9m total, $3.78m Victoria, $15.1m federal. Safety barriers prevent run off road crashes, collisions with fixed objects (such as trees) and reduce the severity of injury when a crash occurs. Stage I began in round 2, stage 2 starting in round 3.
Central Ave/Midland Highway, Shepparton East – Pre-construction of new roundabout which include land acquisition and service relocation and other associated works.
Cost: $5.03m total, $1m (V), $4m (Aus). Roundabouts reduce travel speed at their entry point, and avoid conflicts between vehicles, thereby eliminating the opportunity for right turn and head on crashes at intersections.
Goulburn Valley Highway/Hayes Street, Shepparton – Pre-construction of new traffic signals and associated works.
Cost: $750,000 total, $150,000 (V), $600,000 (Aus). New traffic signals will improve traffic flow, increase road user awareness and reduce the risk of road crashes. Starting round 3.
Northern Hwy (B75), Kilmore. Implementation of 40km/h speed limit reduction through installation of electronic speed limit signs (ESLS) and other associated works.
Cost: $1.36m total, $272,000 (V), $1.08m (Aus). Reduced speeds and provision of greater visibility of pedestrians and cyclists reduce the likelihood of a crash and the severity of injury should a crash occur. Starting round 3.
Swan Hill, Buloke and Yarriambiack shires
Southern Mallee area various locations – Widening the road and other safety improvements at various locations: C223 Nhill-Jeparit Road C221, Promonal Road C242, Warracknabeal-Birchip Road C214, Horsham-Noradjuha Road.
Cost: $15.4m total, $3.08m (V), $12.3m (Aus). Road widening allows for a safe correction to driver error when there is an unintentional departure from the travel lane as well greater comfort for all drivers when the mix of vehicles includes heavy vehicles. Stage 1 started in round 2, stage 2 starting in round 3.
Narrow seals: Robinvale-Sea Lake Road – Stage 3. Road widening and other safety improvements.
Cost: $5.04m total, $1m (V), $4m (Aus). Road widening allows for a safe correction to driver error when there is an unintentional departure from the travel lane as well greater comfort for all drivers when the mix of vehicles includes heavy vehicles. Starting round 3.