Farmers, freight operators and road users will soon have safer journeys on Robinvale-Sea Lake Road as part of a jointly funded upgrade from the Australian and Victorian governments.
Crews have started work on over $12 million of upgrades that will see several narrower sections widened and resurfaced between Robinvale and Sea Lake in the state’s north west, providing two traffic lanes and road shoulders.
Safety barriers will be built on steep embankments and raised line-marking (rumble strips) installed to give an audible sound when vehicles drive on the lines. This will allow for a safe correction to driver error when there is an unintentional departure from the travel lane, reducing the risk of off road crashes. Work will be carried out on targeted sections of the road until the end of the year.
Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the works will make the road safer for the hundreds of vehicles that use it each day.
“We’re working to improve safety on Robinvale-Sea Lake Road with the aim of reducing road trauma and saving lives,” Dr Webster said.
“One life lost on Australian roads is one too many. That’s why the Australian Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program.
“The funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads.
“We are investing a record amount in infrastructure projects across the nation and that includes in regional Victoria, ensuring the needs of our communities are funded and delivered.
“The Australian Government’s total infrastructure investment in Victoria since 2013 is more than $35.5 billion across nearly 300 road and rail infrastructure projects, with 99 projects having been completed in the period.
“We’ve already delivered $1.56 million to upgrade the Hattah-Robinvale Road and Robinvale-Sea Lake Road Bannerton intersection to reduce heavy vehicle operating costs, support traffic growth and improve safety.
“We’ve also delivered $10 million toward the $20 million Calder Highway upgrades between Bendigo and Mildura, improving safety and travel times through the region.
“The Australian Government will continue to invest in and deliver the road infrastructure projects that matter to locals, tourists, businesses and freight operators.”
There will be changes to traffic conditions during works including reduced speeds through the work areas. Please drive to conditions for the safety of workers and other drivers.