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Trevor Collett | Jun, 07 2014 | 0 Comments

The Victorian Government will target ‘high-risk’ locations in a new road safety campaign, with funding for 26 projects announced this week.

Crash history was used to identify priority sites for the latest round of funding, with $17.7 million allocated to the new projects.

The 26 new projects join 95 others announced during the last 12 months, with more than $127 million allocated to 121 projects during the last year.

“Projects are chosen based on an assessment of crash statistics to determine the type of crashes occurring at a particular location and then using that information to develop treatments that will help prevent further incidents,” Victoria’s Roads Minster, Terry Mulder, said.

“These projects are designed to provide extra protection for pedestrians or cyclists, or to install measures like signal-controlled right turning lanes which can reduce the risk at some intersections.”

Mr Mulder said the funding would be used for signs, traffic signals, lighting and kerb improvements to reduce the risk and severity of ‘run-off road’ crashes or crashes at intersections.

Several locations across Melbourne will benefit from the 26 new projects, including Caulfield South, Nunawading, Ashburton and Seaford.

Roads in Doveton, Coolaroo and Balwyn are also scheduled for funding, while Forster Road in Glen Waverley will get two dedicated right-turn lanes with green arrows for vehicles turning onto the Monash Freeway.

The latest round of road projects follows Victoria’s $130 million road maintenance funding announced ahead of the 2014/15 state budget, while the government plans to announce further funding for additional projects in the coming months.

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