Work on over­tak­ing lanes be­gins

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Con­struc­tion is un­der way on new over­tak­ing lanes on Mid­land Hwy be­tween Bayunga Rd and Minchin Rd, near Tatura.

Ac­cord­ing to VicRoads the works aim to im­prove traf­fic flow and pro­vide a safer jour­ney for driv­ers.

There will be a tem­po­rary re­duc­tion of the speed limit and min­i­mal lane clo­sures dur­ing con­struc­tion of the over­tak­ing lanes, which is ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of De­cem­ber.

Later in Novem­ber, mi­nor road-widen­ing works will also be­gin on the south­ern side of Peter Ross-Ed­wards Cause­way to pre­pare for the in­stal­la­tion of cen­tre and left-side flex- ible safety bar­ri­ers.

These works will take about three weeks to com­plete.

Dur­ing that time traf­fic will be re­duced to one lane, so mo­torists trav­el­ling on Mid­land Hwy from Shep­par­ton to­ward Mooroopna can ex­pect mi­nor de­lays of about five to 10 min­utes.

An ad­di­tional two over­tak­ing lanes in each di­rec­tion will be con­structed on Mid­land Hwy near Stan­hope and Gir­garre East in the new year.

Mid­land Hwy be­tween Stan­hope and Shep­par­ton has been iden­ti­fied as one of the state’s top 20 high­est risk roads, as part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s To- ward Zero strat­egy.

Be­tween Jan­uary 2010 and Fe­bru­ary this year, there were 79 crashes recorded in­clud­ing three fa­tal­i­ties and 32 se­ri­ous in­juries.

VicRoads Safe Sys­tem Road In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram di­rec­tor Bryan Sher­ritt said the com­mu­nity could view and pro­vide feed­back on the de­signs at two in­for­ma­tion ses­sions this month.

‘‘I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to come along to our in­for­ma­tion ses­sions to learn more about this im­por­tant project,’’ Mr Sher­ritt said.

‘‘The work we are do­ing on the Mid­land Hwy will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries and deaths on this key Vic­to­rian route.’’



Stan­hope When: Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, 4 pmto 7 pm. Where: Stan­hope Com­mu­nity Hall, God­ley Place, Stan­hope. Mooroopna When: Satur­day, Novem­ber 18, 10 am to 1 pm. Where: Kid­sTown Ad­ven­ture Play­ground, 7287 Mid­land Hwy, Mooroopna. Near the Dig In cafe´.

Speaker: Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp ad­dresses the crowd.

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