Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) will be seeking feedback about the plans that will improve safety and reliability on the South Gippsland Highway east of Korumburra by widening and realigning key sections of the road, installing safety barriers and introducing two roundabouts – one north of the Coal Creek Motel and another at the intersection of Silkstone Road.
These improvements will reduce the severity and frequency of crashes on this section of highway and improve efficiency and productivity for freight and local industries.
This section of the South Gippsland Highway carries over 8,000 vehicles each day and serves as an important rural link to major ports and markets, as well as providing access to major tourist destinations in South Gippsland.
RRV Acting Regional Director (Eastern), Henry Lam said planning for this priority road improvement project has progressed significantly and it is now time to share the revised plans with the community.
“We have been working closely with the community and key stakeholders including the South Gippsland Shire Council, local businesses and nearby residents since the early 2000s to get the solution right,” Mr Lam said.
“The planning phase for this project has been critical in helping us achieve the best outcome for the thousands of people who use this road every day. We have been able to develop a solution that significantly improves safety and freight productivity on the highway.
“Tragically there were two lives lost on this part of the South Gippsland Highway between 2014 and 2018 and a long history of crashes. We recognise something needs to be done and in addition to planning for this significant upgrade project, we have also introduced a 60km/h speed limit in the area to immediately improve safety.”
This project will be considered for funding alongside other road improvements across the state.
For more information about this project and other works planned for your area, please visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION
Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019
Time: Drop in anytime between 11:00am and 5:00pm
Location: Coal Creek Community Park and Museum Auditorium