VICTORIAN ROADS MINISTER Tim Pallas has announced a $67 million funding boost to improve safety on metropolitan and regional roads across Victoria with a history of run-off-road crashes.
“We are taking action to improve our road network, investing $650 million over 10 years for road safety improvements through the Safer Road Infrastructure Program," Mr Pallas said.
“Today’s funding boost will deliver improvements to a further 77 intersections and 17 lengths of road across the state that have a record of run-off-road crashes."
“Over the past five years, run-off-road crashes have accounted for 40 per cent of fatalities and 28 per cent of serious injuries on Victorian roads.”
Dubbed the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), the works will include new wire-rope barriers on the Princes Freeway, along with improvements to the South Gippsland Highway, between Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Bass Highway, and from Leongatha to Meeniyan.
Other projects include the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Thompson Road and Worseley Road, Carrum Downs, and the construction of a new roundabout at Moorooduc Highway at Wooralla Drive, Mt Eliza.
Mr Pallas said that the SRIP project is an integral part of Victoria's Arrive Alive program, which has committed the Government to reducing the state's road toll and serious injuries by 30 percent by 2017.