An additional 3.2 kilometres of centerline wire rope safety barrier is being installed on Goulburn Valley Highway in Victoria following the positive impact of previous barrier installations.
As part of an $18.5 million project, ten kilometres of wire rope barrier was installed down the centre of the highway between Yea and Molseworth in March.
“Since the barriers were installed in March, they’ve already been hit at least seven times – that’s seven potentially deadly, high speed collisions that may have been prevented because of these barriers,” said Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.
“Everyone makes mistakes on the road, but no one should die because of them. That’s why we’re investing $1 billion in life saving safety infrastructure like wire rope barriers.”
Prior to the upgrade, the 10-kilometre section of highway claimed the lives of eight people and seriously injured 13 over five years.
The extra centerline barrier will be installed on the highway between Molesworth and Cathkin, with work expected to being in October and continue into 2018.
The project is being delivered as part of the Victoria Government’s Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and the Transport Accident Commission’s $1 billion Safe System Road Infrastructure Program.