Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced five new road safety projects worth $870,000 for Polworth, as part of the Brumby Government’s Greyspot Program that targets intersections on outer metropolitan and rural arterial roads.
Ms Tierney said the Victorian Greyspot Program was launched in 2006 to specifically target intersections where the possible risk of future crashes had been identified.
Sites in Polworth identified for funding include:
• $270,000 to widen the staggered T-intersection of Hamilton Highway at Inverleigh-Shelford Road and Barwon Park Road, Inverleigh to include right and left turn lanes.
• $100,000 to improve the sight distance on the Princes Highway at Cobden-Stoneyford Road in Stoneyford.
• $295,000 to install a right and left turn lane on the Great Ocean Road for traffic turning into the Eumerella Scout Camp entrance at Anglesea.
• $105,000 to widen Carlisle-Colac Road, Irrewillipe to include left and right turn lanes onto Irrewillipe Road.
Ms Tierney said when selecting sites, the layout of the road, speed limit and traffic volumes were all taken into account.
“Safety improvements at Greyspot sites include road surfacing, improved lighting, additional signage, line marking and new turn lanes at intersections Ms Tierney said.
“The Greyspot program is an excellent example of providing effective road safety treatments to protect road users from future crashes.
“While the Blackspot and Safer Road Infrastructure Program target intersections with a recognised crash history, the Greyspot Program targets locations where the possible risk of future crashes has been identified.
“A majority of the Greyspot program will be delivered in country Victoria to target locations where the visibility of the intersection or the design of the intersection could be improved.”
The Greyspot Program forms part of the Safer Road Infrastructure Program to which the Brumby Government has committed $650 million over next 10 years.
“This program is vital to further improving road safety in Victoria and making our suburbs and regional areas safer,” Ms Tierney said.
“Victoria is leading the nation in reducing road trauma and we want to continue to improve road safety for all Victorians. The Government’s new arrive alive strategy aims to reduce fatalities and serious injuries by a further 30 per cent by 2017.”