Road­works con­tinue on safety up­grade

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

ROAD safety ac­tiv­ity has in­creased on the Goul­burn Val­ley High­way road safety project ac­cord­ing to VicRoads.

Mo­torists along the Goul­burn Val­ley High­way will see in­creased works ac­tiv­ity with sec­tions two and three of the Yea to Molesworth safety up­grade project now un­der way.

The lat­est works will as­sist with widen­ing the road as well as pro­vid­ing for two over­tak­ing lanes along 10 kilo­me­tres of road treat­ment.

One of the key fea­tures of the works will be the in­stal­la­tion of a cen­tre line wire rope bar­rier.

VicRoads re­gional di­rec­tor Nicky Kyr­i­akou said to as­sist with these works veg­e­ta­tion needed to be re­moved, how­ever, ef­forts were be­ing made to re­duce the im­pact of tree removal.

“Sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions have been made in the num­ber of trees to be re­moved fol­low­ing re­fine­ments to the de­sign and align­ment of the works,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“This has re­sulted in a 58 per cent re­duc­tion in the num­ber of trees need­ing removal in stage two.”

This will see the removal of 160 small trees (10cm to 60cm in di­am­e­ter), one medium tree and one larger tree.

There will also be saplings and veg­e­ta­tion im­pacted.

Be­tween 2010 and 2015, VicRoads sta­tis­tics show 11 crashes oc­curred along this sec­tion of high­way – eight peo­ple l ost t heir l ives and 1 3 p e o p l e were s e r i o u s l y in­jured.

Nine of t he 11 c r a s hes in­volved a ve­hi­cle cross­ing the cen­tre line.

“This is a high risk road and we can­not let one more life be lost, and we recog­nise the con­cerns of those in the com­mu­nity who do not like to see veg­e­ta­tion re­moved,” Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

“We un­der­stand - and share - the value the com­mu­nity places on road­side trees and do not take these works lightly, but this is a vi­tal part of the im­prove­ment pro­gram and will in­crease safety sig­nif­i­cantly.”

Ms Kyr­i­akou said that VicRoads will find ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to work with com­mu­nity groups, agen­cies and in­di­vid­u­als to find ways to use wood from the project site.

“We have ar­ranged for some of the trees to be re­lo­cated to ar­eas that will im­prove habi­tat in our wa­ter­ways, for ex­am­ple at Sheep Wash La­goon,” she said.

“Wood will also be trans­ferred to Seven Creeks and Hughes Creek near Euroa and Sey­mour to im­prove the habi­tat for the en­dan­gered Mac­quarie perch and trout cod, and also utilise some trees in the road re­serve to im­prove habi­tat for na­tive fauna.”

Ms Kyr­i­akou asked mo­torists for their pa­tience dur­ing these works, not­ing there will be de­lays to travel.

“We do ask peo­ple to plan ahead, there will be re­duced speed lim­its and traf­fic re­duced to one lane dur­ing work­ing hours,” she ad­vised.

“These mea­sures are put in place for the safety of mo­torists and im­por­tantly the safety of our work­force.”

This project is be­ing de­liv­ered by the North Eastern Mai n t e n a n c e Al l i a n c e , a part­ner­ship be­tween VicRoads and Downer.

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