Major highway safety boost

A car rolls on the South Gippsland Highway in Clyde in 2017.

Safety barriers will be installed along the South Gippsland Highway between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang amid a spiralling number of crashes.

As part of an $11.2 million State Government road safety project, barriers will be installed on the centre median and roadside and is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

The Western Port Highway will also receive barrier upgrades.

Cranbourne MP Pauline Richards said it had been a “been a devastating year on our roads” but the barriers on the South Gippsland Highway would “prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes.”

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said: “We know safety barriers are saving lives with crashes resulting in deaths and serious injuries across upgraded roads almost halving since works began.”

In the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, there were 99 recorded crashes along this section of the South Gippsland Highway, resulting in 32 people suffering serious injuries and 3 people tragically losing their lives.

The Government has been rolling out new safety infrastructure on the state’s highest risk roads through the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, with more than 2,300 kilometres of new safety barriers installed since 2016.

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