Road safety bar­ri­ers to go in at Sawmill

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

ROAD safety bar­ri­ers will be in­stalled along a 230 me­tre sec­tion of Mt Buller Road, near Sawmill Set­tle­ment, fol­low­ing a num­ber of ve­hi­cle in­ci­dents over the win­ter months.

In­stal­la­tion will be­gin in the com­ing weeks.

Vis­it­ing town last Fri­day, Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) said $50,000 would be pro­vided for the safety project.

“Keep­ing peo­ple safe on our roads is our top pri­or­ity, that’s why we’ve in­vested in this im­por­tant up­grade to pre­vent run off road crashes,” Ms Symes said.

“Mount Buller Road is a key tourist route, with many driv­ers un­fa­mil­iar with the sur­rounds and con­di­tions of the road - these im­prove­ments will make the road safer for lo­cals and tourists alike.”

VicRoads and Vic­to­ria Po­lice have car­ried out road safety in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and are hope­ful that new safety bar­ri­ers will help reduce the sever­ity of any in­ci­dents.

As re­cently as July, a car went over the edge and plum­meted to the river be­low.

Although no one was hurt in the in­ci­dent, the corner is in­fa­mous for its slick sur­face.

As part of the safety project, the road sur­face will also be re­tex­tured to in­crease trac­tion, and hope­fully ease the prob­lem.

In sum­mer, ad­di­tional road seal­ing will also be un­der­taken along Mt Buller Road when weather con­di­tions are more favourable.

“We have been con­tacted about a small num­ber of in­ci­dents which in­volved mo­torists running off the road and to­gether with Vic­to­ria Po­lice, we have been able to come up with a so­lu­tion to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity,” VicRoads act­ing re­gional di­rec­tor, Steve McCal­lum, said.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this sec­tion of Mt Buller Road to en­sure the new safety im­prove­ments are ef­fec­tive.”

SAFETY FIRST: More than 200 me­tres of bar­ri­ers will be in­stalled along the Mount Buller Road, near Sawmill Set­tle­ment. It is hoped the bar­ri­ers will pre­vent in­ci­dents like the one pic­tured, which oc­curred west of Sawmill Set­tle­ment.

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