Under this national infrastructure initiative, the Australian and Victorian governments have jointly invested in the Victorian Road Safety Program, designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.

The Road Safety Program supports the fast roll-out of lifesaving road safety treatments on rural and regional roads, and promotes greater protection for vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, in urban areas.

Safety upgrades to prevent head-on and run-off-road collisions

Safety improvements in the Gippsland region:

Upgraded roads:
  • Traralgon-Maffra Road between Traralgon and Cowwarr
  • Longford Loch Sport Road, Longford
  • Seaspray Road, Longford
  • Rosedale-Longford Road
  • Lang Lang-Poowong Road, Nyora
  • Great Alpine Road between North of Tongio Gap Road
  • Yarra Junction-Noojee Road
  • Meeniyan-Mirboo North Road (Loves Lane)
  • Healesville Koo Wee Rup Road, Woori Yallock

Wet road approaching a bend girded by safety barriers and trees on both sides.

Completed safety improvements on Healesville Koo Wee Rup Road, Woori Yallock

Safety barrier flanking the road in a forested area.

Completed safety improvements on Yarra Junction-Noojee Road

Safety barriers alongside road on a hazy day.

Completed safety improvements on Lang Lang-Poowong Road, Nyora

In 2015, head-on and run-off-road collisions were the most common type of crashes in Victoria, responsible for about 40 per cent of Victoria’s road deaths and serious injuries.

This program will help make Gippsland roads safer with flexible safety barriers, road surface treatments, improved line-marking, and various infrastructure that increases awareness of hazards. 

Safety upgrades to prevent intersection crashes

Upgraded intersections:

  • Wy Yung Road (Bullumwaal Road) and Pound Swamp Hill Road, Bairnsdale.

Intersections pose a significant safety risk on our road network, with crashes at intersections causing an average of 30 per cent of deaths and 42 per cent of serious injuries on Victorian roads over the past five years, from January 2015 to December 2019.

Under the program, various high-risk intersections will become safer with treatments, including new turning lanes, splitter islands, road entrance widening, new lights and line-marking improvements. 

Safety upgrades to prevent crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists

Upgraded pedestrian and cyclist areas:
  • Electronic speed limit signs at 10 locations 
  • South Gippsland Highway, Toora
  • Intersection of Contingent Street, Trafalgar

LED tactile paving at a road facing a pedestrian red light at night.

Installation of LED tactile paving at the intersection of Contingent Street in Trafalgar

Pedestrians and cyclists are completely exposed to the full force of a crash, making them some of our most vulnerable road users. Research shows that if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car travelling at 60km/h they are unlikely to survive. In fact, a pedestrian’s or cyclist’s risk of death or serious injury increases when vehicles are traveling at speeds of 30 km/h and upwards.

Upgrades under the Road Safety Program will create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. New infrastructure includes electronic speed limit signs, improved pathway connections, rail trail upgrades and on-road cycling paths, and improved signals at traffic lights. 

To learn more about works in your area you can also visit our interactive safer roads website.

Why we're doing it

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

These upgrades are being delivered by Regional Roads in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as we continue to work to deliver safer, connected journeys in Victoria, while supporting our economic recovery.

Get in touch

For more information about these projects, please get in touch.

Email: engage.ssrip@roads.vic.gov.au

Call:    133 778