The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety at high-risk streets in south-west Victoria as part of a new program which works with councils and communities to improve local regional roads.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the upgrades in Warrnambool, Portland and Port Fairy were part of the Victorian Government’s $20 million ‘Safe Travel in Local Streets’ program that aims to create safer roads for and reduce road trauma in regional communities across Victoria.
Regional Roads Victoria worked with councils across the state to identify local high-risk roads and precincts, and design safety upgrades to address community road safety concerns.
As part of the program, Glenelg Shire Council will upgrade intersections along Percy Street between Wade and Tyers Streets in Portland, including a raised concrete median between Tyers and Fern Streets, a safer speed limit of 50 km/h between Fern and Otway Streets, and line marking between Fern and Wade Streets.
Moyne Shire Council will construct a new single lane roundabout at the intersection of James and Bank Streets in Port Fairy, while Warrnambool City Council will upgrade Merrivale Drive between McMeekin Road and Wellington Street, including raised pedestrian crossing, kerb ‘outstands’, pedestrian islands, speed humps and bicycle lane markings.
The works are due for completion by mid-2021.
This program is part of the Labor Government’s $1.4 billion investment to reduce road trauma in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“We’re investing in these important upgrades to improve safety in Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland as part of our unprecedented efforts to reduce road trauma across the state.”
“All of these projects were identified and designed in collaboration with councils to address local road safety issues – and will boost safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”