The safety of drivers using dangerous sections of Stud Road, between Kelletts Road and Centre Road at Rowville, will be improved when work gets underway on the $415,000 project. The contract for the project was awarded to Bitu-Mill Civil Pty Ltd today.
State Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling MP said the project, which is being funded as part of the State Government’s Safer Road Infrastructure Program, will go a long way towards addressing a history of crashes at the site.
“This is an area that has seen a significant number of crashes in recent years, including six run-off-road crashes, of which five have resulted in serious injury”, Mr Wakeling said.
“Stud Road carries 50,000 vehicles each day, and these crashes have a significant impact not only on road users in terms of increased congestion, but the local community as well”.
Mr Wakeling said in order to reduce such incidences, 460 metres of wire rope safety barriers will be installed in the centre median as well as 130 metres of guard fence on the kerbside of Stud Road to protect motorists from hitting power poles in the area.
In addition, the left turn lane into Caribbean Gardens will be extended in order to improve access.
Mr Wakeling said the Safer Road infrastructure Program is the centrepiece of Victoria’s unprecedented attack on the State’s road toll, as outlined in Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022, and was delivering projects that are having specific and measurable outcomes.
“The great thing about the Safer Road Infrastructure Program is that it is targeted to areas right across Victoria where the benefits are having a really positive impact”, Mr Wakeling said.
“We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to make Victorian drivers safe on our roads, and that is exactly what this project will achieve”.
Work on the project will start in early April, and is due to be completed by mid-2014.