Safety upgrades to ease road dangers

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THE Moorooduc Highway, Western Port Highway and the Frankston Freeway are among roads to be equipped with wire rope barriers in a bid to prevent lane change, head-on crashes and run-off-road crashes.

They are among roads around Melbourne set to receive about 340 kilometres of the contentious barriers on high-risk roads adding to the 2300 kilometres already installed.

The upgrades are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero road safety strategy.

About $226 million of upgrades will begin in 2020 in a concerted bid to tackle the soaring road toll.

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said that 2019 had been “an absolutely devastating year on our roads, (…) which is why it’s so important we continue installing proven safety infrastructure to build a safer network”.

In addition, 1600 kilometres of rumble strip line marking will be rolled out across the state to alert drivers if they begin to accidentally veer out of their lane.

About 117 rural intersections will receive rumble strips, signage and line marking, while more side-road-activated-speed technology will be installed at high-risk sites to slow vehicles down to a safer speed while someone is waiting to turn onto the main road.

Fully controlled right turns will be installed at the traffic lights at 12 intersections to prevent risky turns across traffic, or while pedestrians are still crossing.

Fifteen regional towns will receive speed humps, small roundabouts and intersection upgrades at dangerous roads, while another 90 towns will receive eye-catching signs and line-marking at entrances to remind drivers they are entering a town and need to slow down.

There were 266 deaths on Victorian roads last year, up from 213 deaths in 2018.

First published in the Frankston Times – 13 January 2020

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