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 - May 2019
Construction on the Midland Highway between Shepparton to Stanhope is progressing well with a significant number of construction activities already complete.
Crews have been by laying crushed rock to build up and improve the strength of the road, ahead of a final seal at a number of locations along the project length, including:
- between Springvale Road and Collie Road
- intersection of Springvale Road and Midland Highway
- intersection of Collie Road and Midland Highway
- intersection of Donaldson Road and Midland Highway.
A final seal is planned from the week beginning 13 May 2019, with line marking to follow. From June, crews will begin installing flexible safety barrier on the left hand side of the road.
Between Collie Road and Donaldson Road, crews are continuing with works to widen the road to allow for the installation of centreline barrier.
Crews are on site from 6am – 6pm between Springvale Road and Collie Road, and Collie Road and Donaldson Road.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout works with traffic controllers be on-site to guide you through the construction zone. Stop-go traffic controllers are in place and at limited times, will need to stop traffic when trucks are laying a seal.
To protect both workers and drivers, a temporary speed limit of 40km/h will be in place during construction and will remain in place while the new road surface sets. During construction, access to your property will not be affected.
Thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety upgrades.
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-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.
Get in touch
For more information about this project, please get in touch.