Major tourist route gets safety upgrade

Major tourist route gets safety upgrade

Major safety improvements on Anglesea Road and the Great Ocean Road between Freshwater Creek and Bellbrae are underway.

Anglesea Road and The Great Ocean Road are vital tourist routes between Melbourne and the Surf Coast and Otways. The busy roads are used by around 14,000 vehicles per day, of which 10% are commercial vehicles.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $12 million to improve a 25-kilometre section of road, boosting safety and ensuring the road can continue to cater for tourists and locals alike.

Work is underway to widen and seal 18km of road shoulders. The upgrade will include a wide centreline to reduce the likelihood of head on crashes and 29km of left-hand-side flexible safety barriers to prevent run off road crashes.

Rumble strips and raised reflective pavement markers will be also installed to alert drivers if they’re moving out of their lane.

Cyclists will also be safer with the wide centreline markings and rumble strips allowing more response time for drivers travelling in the opposite direction that may begin to swerve.

The safety upgrades are part of the Labor Government’s Towards Zero Action Plan, being delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.

The Towards Zero Action Plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.