Road Safety program
Victorian roads are being made safer under the $110 billion Infrastructure Investment Program, designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.
The Australian and Victorian Governments have an ongoing commitment to improving road safety by delivering improvements to our network designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.
The Road Safety Program funding 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.
This program will see safety improvements on state highways and arterial roads, including shoulder sealing and rumble strips to support the safe return of vehicles from the shoulder into the travel lane, physical barriers to prevent run off road crashes, and median treatments to prevent head-on vehicle collisions.
State-wide, more than 100 projects will be delivered to tackle the most common risks on our roads, including:
- safety upgrades to prevent head-on and run-off-road collisions
- safety upgrades to prevent intersection collisions
- safety upgrades to prevent collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.
The Road Safety Program builds on the Australian and Victorian Governments’ existing funding and initiatives to improve road safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, including the $500 million Targeted Road Safety upgrades announced as part of the infrastructure stimulus package in June 2020.
These upgrades are being delivered by Regional Roads Victoria and Safer Roads under the Department of Transport, as we continue to work to deliver safer, connected journeys in Victoria, while supporting our economic recovery.
A breakdown of trauma shows that, between January 2015 and December 2019, nearly half the deaths recorded on Victoria’s roads happened on roads with high speeds between 100km/h and 110km/h. These roads make up a small percentage of Victoria’s overall road network but are well overrepresented in terms of fatal and serious injury crashes.
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.
We carry out regular maintenance on freeways, arterial roads and a limited number of non-arterial roads.
Improvements are road projects that better connect communities, improve road safety and traffic flow.
Although all maintenance and improvements will improve road safety, safety projects address a specific safety concern.
We want to encourage people to be active by building infrastructure that supports alternative modes of transport and travel.
Get in touch
For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Call: 133 RRV (133 778)