WORK starts this week on a series of road safety upgrades along the South Gippsland Highway from east of Bena to Meeniyan.
VicRoads Acting Regional Director Harvey Dinelli said the $7.13 million project, which stretches over 33 kilometres of the highway, will aim to reduce the risk and severity of run-off-road crashes.
“Between 2004 and 2010 there were 54 run-off-road crashes on this section of highway, including four fatalities,” Mr Dinelli said.
Works will start with the removal of hazardous trees that are too close to the road and over the next twelve months will include the installation of wire rope safety barriers and new guard fences. The project will also include upgrades to existing guard fences, signs and line-marking, road shoulder widening and drainage improvement works.
An extension of the existing bypass lane for through traffic at the Ruby-Arawata Road intersection is also scheduled. This will improve safety by allowing more time and space for motorists to pass vehicles that have stopped or slowed down to turn right into Ruby-Arawata Road.
Mr Dinelli said the road safety works are expected to take around one year to complete.
“VicRoads urges all drivers to take care and obey any temporary restrictions that may be in place. They are there for both the safety of drivers and those working close to the road,” he said.