A $75 million funding boost from the Brumby Labor Government will improve safety on metropolitan and regional roads across Victoria, including a $2.26 million boost for the Colac Lavers Hill Road, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today.
“We understand people are concerned about road safety, which is why we’re building a better transport network providing important safety upgrades for local communities,” Ms Tierney said.
“This Government is taking action to improve our road network, investing $650 million over 10 years for road safety improvements through the Safer Road Infrastructure Program.
“This latest funding boost will deliver improvements to a further 39 intersections and 27 lengths of road across the state where run-off-road crashes are occurring.
“Over the past five years, run-off-road crashes have accounted for 40 per cent of fatalities and 28 per cent of serious injuries on Victorian roads.”
Under this current funding boost, Colac Otway Shire Roads will get $2.36 million to improve safety and reduce the number and severity of run-off-road crashes.
“These works will include:
– $2.26 million for the Colac Lavers Hill Road – 6355m guard fence, rub rail for motorcycle, 102km tactile edgeline, 14.6km tactile centre line, 97 tree removals, batters and speed reduction signs
– $105,000 Forest-Apollo Bay Road, Skenes Creek Road, Deans Marsh-Lorne Road, Great Ocean Road, Colac-Forrest Road – 230 signs for speed reductions from 100km/h to 80km/h
“This is a great result for the local community and the many motorists who use this these roads every day.”
Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government remained committed to reducing road trauma.
“Improving safety on outer metropolitan and regional roads is a key focus of this Government’s road safety strategy arrive alive, which aims to cut the road toll and reduce serious injuries on our roads by 30 per cent by 2017,” Ms Tierney said.
The Victorian Labor Government has spent more than $8.3 billion to improve roads across the state, including over $3.2 billion for regional and rural Victorian roads.