Val­ley peo­ple dis­cuss $8m high­way plans

Myrtleford Times - - News -

the road to re­duce the risk of ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“This type of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion is only one source of feed­back – we have also been in dis­cus­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the freight in­dus­try and the tourism sec­tor.”

VicRoads is also us­ing crash sta­tis­tics to de­ter­mine which sec­tions of the high­way ap­pear could be up­grade pri­or­i­ties.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, res­i­dents also raised con­cerns about flood­prone ar­eas, sight dis­tances at cer­tain in­ter­sec­tions, the prox­im­ity of the road to the Kiewa River, road width and the con­di­tion of the shoul­ders and curves con­sid­ered to be dan­ger­ous.

Although the grant will not be spent on rou­tine main­te­nance, many of the res­i­dents took the op­por­tu­nity to com­plain about the cur­rent con­di­tion of the road, specif­i­cally the num­ber of pot­holes and the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of au­dio-tac­tile line-mark­ing – small raised bumps close to the cen­tre line mark­ings.

“The au­dio-tac­tile line-mark­ing was in­stalled as part of the state gov­ern­ment road safety ac­tion plan, and is im­por­tant on high-speed ru­ral roads where driv­ers might veer out of their lane,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“It is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant here as the road is quite nar­row and ve­hi­cles pass closely to one an­other.”

Ms Kyr­i­akou said that road main­te­nance could not prop­erly be car­ried out in win­ter, but now that warmer, drier weather had ar­rived the many pot­holes could be re­paired.

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