New wire rope safety barriers in Victoria

Victorian Government to spend $3.7 million to trial new wire rope safety barriers on Southern Gippsland Highway

October 21, 2009

The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $3.7 million on a trial of centreline wire rope safety barriers on the Southern Gippsland Highway.

According to Victorian Transport Minister Tim Pallas the project which will run between Healesville-Koo Rup Road and Sybella Avenue at Koo Wee Rup should play a vital part in further reducing the states road toll.

"The trial is a first for Victoria, with the wire rope safety barrier installed along the centreline of the undivided road. The barrier will span from the eastern side of Beatties Road to the western side of Sybella Avenue," Pallas says.

"This project will improve safety for motorists by reducing the occurrence and severity of head-on and run-off-road type incidents.

The project is part of a wider $17.6 million road upgrade initiative to improve safety in the Gippsland region.

Of the 1500 vehicles that use the roads each day, 13 percent are commercial vehicles.

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