Goul­burn Val­ley High­way dis­cus­sion con­tin­ues

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY con­sul­ta­tion will con­tinue on the Goul­burn Val­ley High­way Road Safety In­fra­struc­ture Project.

Work will recom­mence on the first two kilo­me­tres of the Goul­burn Val­ley High­way Road Safety In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram in early Oc­to­ber.

VicRoads re­gional di­rec­tor Nicki Kyr­i­akou said that work had ceased for the wint e r months a nd t he North Eastern Main­te­nance Al­liance will re­turn to the site to work on t he i nstal­la­tion of wire rope bar­rier, road and dr i ve­way s e a l i ng a nd l i ne mark­ing.

Com­mu­nity drop-in ses­sions will be held at Yea, Molesworth and Alexandra be­tween Oc­to­ber 4 and 8.

“The s es­sions will give com­mu­nity mem­bers a chance to share their thoughts and help guide us on the next stages of the project,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“It’s a chance to talk with our staff and look at the best so­lu­tions to keep all road users safe on what is an im­por­tant link for lo­cals and tourists alike.”

Ms Kyr­i­akou said ev­ery per­son had a role to play in road safety, and work­ing with the com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers on this project would con­trib­ute to its suc­cess.

“When the works recom­mence in Oc­to­ber, speed re­duc­tions will be put in place through the work site,” she said.

“The area will be well signed and we ask that all mo­torists be aware of road con­struc­tion sig­nage, drive to the road con­di­tions, and re­spect work­ers in the area.”

Drop-in ses­sions will be held at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions:

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 4 from 4pm to 7pm at the Molesworth Town Hall, Goul­burn Val­ley High­way, Molesworth;

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6 from 4pm to 7pm at the Maranatha Hall, Cor­ner Lyons and Pelissier Streets, Yea; and

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8 from 10am to 1pm at the RSL Hall, 44 Grant Street, Alexandra.

“We also want to con­tinue our con­ver­sa­tion with the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing a fur­ther eight kilo­me­tres of works in the area, which will in­clude treat­ments such as overtaking lanes and fur­ther safety treat­ments,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity’s in­volve­ment in this project.

“This sec­tion of road has a crash his­tory that puts too many peo­ple at risk. By tak­ing this ap­proach we aim to keep all road users as safe as pos­si­ble.”

Ms Kyr­i­akou said that the sec­tion of road be­tween Yea and Molesworth was re­cently iden­ti­fied in the To­wards Zero 20162020 Road Safety Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan as one of the state’s top 20 high­est risk road seg­ments.

“We know the crashes that oc­cur on this road of­ten in­volve a ve­hi­cle cross­ing the cen­tre line.

“In many cases that can be fa­tal or lead to very se­ri­ous in­jury.

“We have iden­ti­fied that a cen­tre line wire rope bar­rier would be the most ef­fec­tive safety so­lu­tion to ad­dress the cr ash prob­lem of ve­hi­cles cross­ing the cen­tre line, and we are work­ing with our road safety part­ners at t he TAC in sup­port­ing this im­por­tant safety project.”

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