Eight high-risk routes across regional Victoria will be upgraded, following a State Government package to improve motorcyclist safety on roads.
The work to be funded by the Motorcycle Safety Levy at a cost of $10.75 million includes the installation of new rub-rail protective barriers, sealing driveways and roads, better surfaces, signage and roadside improvements to create a safer and more rider-friendly environment.
Three routes including Great Alpine Road, Licola Road (Licola to Heyfield) and the Omeo Highway (Bogong High Plains Road to Anglers Rest) have already had works completed, with a further eight upgrades expected to be finished within the next few months.
Further road upgrades include Flow regions:
- Healesville-Kinglake Rd (Healesville to Toolangi)
Otways/Surf Coast Shire
- Deans Marsh-Lorne Rd (Deans Marsh to Lorne)
Upgrades also include:
- Lancefield-Woodend Rd (Lancefield to Woodend)
- Mt Macedon-Hanging Rock Rd (Mt Macedon Rd to Lancefield-Woodend Rd)
- Mt Macedon Rd (Macedon-Woodend Rd to Mt Macedon-Hanging Rock Rd)
- Daylesford-Trentham Rd (Midland Hwy to Kyneton-Trentham Rd)
- Myrniong-Trentham Rd (Kyneton to Western Fwy)
Mansfield/Wangaratta Rural City Shire
- Mansfield-Whitfield Rd (Mansfield to Whitfield)
Each route has been selected for upgrades after being identified as Victoria’s most popular motorcyclist touring roads, with a significant motorcycle-related crash history.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellann commented on the need for increased road safety, saying “Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable in a crash, so it is absolutely critical that riders take maximum care to avoid risks, wear the appropriate riding gear, focus carefully on road conditions and stick to the speed limit.
“Drivers should also make sure they are on the lookout for motorcycles and share the road responsibly.”
The State Government will also invest a further $2.1 million to provide additional maintenance funding for 200 popular motorcycle touring routes enabling targeted road surfacing works as required, mainly on approaches to corners.