Signs to be removed for closer inspection as part of ongoing audit

12 January 2019

Three signs on CityLink and the West Gate Freeway will be taken down for closer inspection and further testing tonight as part of an ongoing audit of signs and gantries across Melbourne’s freeways.

While the signs are showing no evidence of stress or any immediate concern, they were installed by CPB Contractors, the builder engaged by Transurban as part of the CityLink-Tullamarine Widening Project, and VicRoads believes that these particular signs should be removed for closer inspection and further testing.

Following Tuesday’s incident on the Tullamarine Freeway where a sign fell from its overhead gantry, a rigorous audit of all road signs of similar size and structure is being carried out across Melbourne’s managed motorways.

From 10pm tonight, Transurban will remove one sign from a gantry on CityLink between the Dynon Road exit ramp and Footscray Road, and two signs from a gantry on the West Gate Freeway between the Bolte Bridge and Ingles Street.

An initial analysis of the three signs through the audit process shows they have a similar structural configuration to the sign which fell from its gantry on Tuesday.

VicRoads Deputy Chief Executive Robyn Seymour said it was important to emphasise that the signs show no evidence of stress but require a detailed engineering inspection.

“These signs are being removed as part of the ongoing audit but I assure the community that if we had any immediate safety concerns, the roads would already be closed,” Ms Seymour said.

“We said we would undertake a rigorous audit and that’s what we’re doing because safety is our absolute priority.”

The audit is initially focused on the 17 gantries that were installed as part of the CityLink-Tullamarine Widening Project by Transurban and its contractor CPB Contractors and has been extended to other gantries of a similar size and structure on Melbourne’s freeways.

It is expected that preliminary audit of gantries will be finished within days.

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