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Wire rope safety barriers for highway to Foster

VICROADS sent out a media release last week saying that “road safety improvement works” would be beginning “this week” on the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster.

“Motorists are advised that from time to time traffic may be reduced to a single lane through the work sites,” advised VicRoads Regional Director, Scott Lawrence.

Longsuffering motorists hoping the “road safety improvement works” involve repairing the potholed highway surface will, however, be sorely disappointed.

The works involve the installation of new wire rope safety barriers, new tactile edge line marking and the removal of some hazardous roadside trees on various sections of the South Gippsland Highway between Todds Road near Stony Creek and Ameys Track, Foster.

“The upgrades are part of a road safety improvement program to help reduce crashes and minimise the severity of injuries caused by a vehicle leaving the road,” explained Mr Lawrence.

The works will generally be carried out between 7am and 6pm each day (except for a two week period over the Christmas holidays from December 20 to January 4) and weather permitting are planned to be completed by May 2015.

VicRoads thanks motorists for their patience and reminds drivers to obey the reduced speed limits for their own safety and the safety of workers.

As for resealing the highway, motorists will have to be content with the government’s announcement last month of an injection of $1.3 million into resealing 14 sections of the highway from Lang Lang to Stradbroke, beginning with $34,000 for the highway near Meeniyan. Other reseal works are scheduled for the highway north of Leongatha near Ruby Road; south of Leongatha near Beilbys Road; near Meeniyan-Promontory Road intersection; south of Meeniyan near Stony Creek Dollar Road; near Yarram Port Albert Road intersection; south of Yarram near Hihos Lane; north-east of Yarram; south of Westernport Road; north-west of Lang Lang-Poowong Road intersection; north of the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection; and north of Stradbroke near Seaspray Road.

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  1. With the installation of these wire rope barriers the tractors will no longer be able to cut the long dry grass along the sides of the highway. Will this result in another fire hazard? the grass is already up over the height of the existing metal barriers.

    Posted by Vivienne Jones | November 21, 2014, 11:46 am