The Victorian Government is investing $1.4 billion to implement Towards Zero, a plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads.
Update - August 2019
Works on the Midland Highway between Shepparton and Stanhope, which began in early 2018, are nearly complete.
In June, crews completed major construction between Springvale Road and Collie Road, and Collie Road and Donaldson Road. These works included three intersection upgrades at Springvale, Collie and Donaldson Roads, and a new overtaking lane between Springvale Road and Collie Road.
Crews are expected to return in late 2019 to install left-hand side flexible safety barrier along the remaining stretch of the project length. During installation, impacts to drivers and the broader community will be minimal as crews work on the edge of the road.
The Midland Highway between Stanhope and Shepparton has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest-risk rural roads.
Between January 2010 and June 2015, there were 77 crashes on this section of road that saw 13 people seriously injured and a further 64 people injured.
The safety improvements we’re making include:
- installing left-hand side flexible safety barriers in high-risk locations between Stanhope and Shepparton to reduce the risk of run-off-road crashes
- installing a centreline barrier in selected sections along the Highway to help prevent head-on collisions
- constructing a new roundabout at the intersection of Tatura-Undera Road and the Midland Highway to improve traffic flow and reduce the risk and severity of crashes
- installing traffic lights at the entrance to KidsTown in Mooroopna for safe entry and exit
- installing new overtaking opportunities in each direction
- exploring a reduced speed limit of 40km/h from 50km/h for the township of Mooroopna to improve safety for pedestrians
- minor upgrades to other selected intersections along the Highway, which are under design.
The project is expected to be completed by mid to late 2019.
Working with the community
The Stanhope Men's Shed are breathing new life into repurposed timber from the Midland Highway upgrade. Timber that can be cut out and milled, is used in workshops to make any number of items including furniture, bird traps and even cubby houses. Timber that can’t be re-used is raffled off as firewood and proceeds are given to the local charities.
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