Motorcyclists riding through northern Victoria will
soon benefit from road safety improvements along
seven popular routes.
The $2.3 million investment package will see works
to improve cushioning and add rub rail protection to
existing barriers, as well as resealing work to smooth
out the pavement and to prevent loose gravel getting
onto the road from side access roads and driveways.
VicRoads Acting Regional Director, Northern Region,
Brian Westley says that motorcyclist safety is a
priority in Northern Victoria and motorcyclists
deserve the safest environment possible.
―Issues that seem small for a driver can be
disastrous to a motorcyclist, like gravel on the road
or an uneven road surface, particularly at corners,‖
Brian said.
―I know these simple measures will significantly
improve motorcycle safety across our region.‖
High risk sections along the following roads will
receive the upgrades, with works underway on the
following roads:
Bendigo - Redesdale Road between Bendigo
and Redesdale
Kilmore - Lancefield Road between Kilmore and
Lancefield
Tylden - Woodend Road between Tylden and
Woodend
Broadford - Kilmore Road between Broadford
and Kilmore
Seymour - Tooborac Road between Seymour
and Tooborac
Upper Goulburn Road between Tallarook and
Trawool
Maldon - Newstead Road between Maldon and
Newstead
These seven roads have seen 40 crashes involving
motorcyclists over the past 10 years, including one
fatality and 20 serious injuries.
The entire project is expected to be completed by
mid - 2018, weather permitting. To keep everyone
safe during construction, there will be reduced speed
limits in place.
The upgrade is part of the Victorian Government’s
plan to improve motorcyclist safety across hotspots
around Victoria and is part of the Motorcycle Safety
Levy. The Motorcycle Safety Levy was introduced in
2002 in response to the increasing number of a
motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured.
AOMC News May 2018