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Victoria continues investment in road safety infrastructure

The Victorian Government will make safety upgrades to another sixteen roads it announced this week as part of its $229 million investment across the state.

The Midland Highway between Buninyong and Meredith is among the eight regional roads to benefit from the road safety initiative.

The Bellarine Highway between Leopold and Wallington, the South Gippsland Highway between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang and the Murray Valley Highway between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Boga.

Another eight roads in the metropolitan area have been identified for safety upgrades following extensive investigations, including assessing each road’s crash history, topography and roadside the Andrews Government said in a statement.

In 2018 Victoria suffered the lowest number of deaths on its roads since records began.

Despite this Jaala Pulford, Minister for Roads and Road Safety said the recent figures were heartening but it was no consolation to the hundreds of families who lost a loved one.

“One life lost is one too many – and that’s why we’re continuing our unprecedented investment in road safety upgrades across the state this year.”

These projects are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan. Towards Zero aims to reduce road deaths to less than 200 a year and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.

The road safety projects will include flexible safety barriers and rumble strip line-marking, reducing the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes.

The Labor Government’s will also improve more than 200 rural intersections, roll out more rumble-strip line-marking and flexible safety barriers, install fully-controlled right turns to improve safety in metropolitan areas, and make high-risk local roads safer.

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