Valley people discuss $8m highway plans
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.