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Works underway on $51.5 million Princes Highway East safety upgrade

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Posted by Monica Gameng

Construction on the Victorian Government’s $51.5 million safety upgrade on the Princes Highway East – between Sale and Bairnsdale – is now underway.

This project will involve upgrading a 62-kilometre section of the highway as well as the installation of left-hand side and centreline flexible safety barriers and rumble strips. In addition, sections of the road will be widened and sealing works will be done on road shoulders.

“This 62 kilometre section of the Princes Highway East is one of Victoria’s most high risk roads, but this upgrade will transform it into one of our safest,” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

In the coming weeks, works to install 165 kilometres of flexible safety barrier will begin. These barriers will help prevent head-on and run-off-road collisions, rolling vehicles and crashes into roadside hazards.

40-metre breaks in the barriers will be aligned with properties along the route to allow safe access for residents as well as emergency service vehicles. Space for B-doubles to turn safely will also be included in the upgrade.

“We’re rolling out more than 165 kilometres of wire rope barrier on the Princes Highway East between Sale and Bairnsdale to stop run-off road crashes and keep people safe on this critical arterial road,” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.

The upgrade will also include two overtaking lanes near Lindenow Road.

The design for the Princes Highway East upgrade is being finalised after an extensive community consultation.

This project is part of the State Government’s Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy in partnership with VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission.

Duplication works are also underway on the Princes Highway East, between Traralgon and Sale. More than 30 kilometres of highway is being duplicated, which will improve safety as well as travel times along this route.

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Source: Premier of Victoria

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

Monica is a Marketing Assistant who handles blog content creation. She has a background in IT and has passion for research and writing.