The Victorian Government has announced it will target 45 intersections classified high-risk under the first round of a statewide blitz to make safety improvements in rural and regional areas of the state.
Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced that intersections at Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell and Moira shires will all receive upgraded advanced warning signs, new guide posts, updated linemarking and new hazard markers in the coming months.
The upgrades are being rolled out as part of a $25 million investment by the Government for which 200 high-risk rural intersections are made safer.
Selection criteria for the intersections has been based on safety record, community feedback and dangerous geometry.
The package is part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan that is being delivered in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.
The Towards Zero Action Plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads and decrease serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.
The intersection upgrades taking place across the state will be delivered in two stages from now until mid-2020.
“Nothing is more important than making sure everyone gets home safely – that’s why we’re upgrading high-risk intersections right across northern Victoria,” said Jaala Pulford
“With almost half of all road fatalities in Victoria occurring on rural roads, it’s so important we make sure drivers are aware they are approaching high-risk intersections,” she said.