Victoria receives $55m road safety boost
Victorian residents are set to benefit from the local government's investment to bolstering road safety across the state, with $55 million earmarked for infrastructure improvements.
Announcing the multimillion dollar project on Friday (August 17), state premier Ted Baillieu said the state's funding program was committed to reducing Victoria's road trauma.
"Approximately $31 million has been allocated to improve intersection safety, while $24 million will be spent on works to reduce the incidence and severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes," Mr Baillieu explained.
"In addition to 15 run-off-road prevention projects, there are 64 intersection improvements planned throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, which vary in scope from installation of new traffic signals to altering median strips."
Other roads to benefit from the project include Calder Highway in Ravenswood, Derrimut and Hopkins roads near Tarneit, Melton Highway, Somerton Road in Greenvale, as well as road upgrades in Melbourne's western suburbs.
State minister for roads Terry Mulder said speed limit changes would also be implemented across the state, including the eradication of 80 km/h buffer zones on the outskirts of regional towns.