Beechworth – Wodonga Road, Beechworth to Yackandandah Road
In response to a high number of casualty crashes, VicRoads is delivering significant infrastructure solutions to reduce collisions and road trauma on the Beechworth-Wodonga Road between Beechworth and Wodonga.
The Beechworth-Wodonga Road has been identified under the Towards Zero 2016/2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan as one of Victoria’s highest risk road segments.
Works will commence on Tuesday 14 February 2017.
Every effort will be made to avoid and minimise impacts to local residents, motorists and the environment during the project.
There may be a slight increase in travel time associated with traffic management including the implementation of work zone speed limits.
The Beechworth Wodonga Road has been identified under the Towards Zero 2016/2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan as one of Victoria’s highest risk road segments.
Between June 2010 and August 2016 there were 13 crashes sadly resulting in five road deaths, 14 people seriously injured and seven other injuries. This includes the 2016 double fatality)
The community has been vocal in its advocacy for safety upgrades to the road.
About the project
We’ll construct a new roundabout at the intersection of Beechworth-Yackandah Road to make the area much safer and easier to navigate. It will eliminate the unusual layout and reduce driver confusion and uncertainty about which vehicles have right of way, reducing the likelihood of crashes.
The roundabout will also promote slower movement of vehicles approaching the intersection and encourage drivers to take time to give way to oncoming traffic, creating a more controlled and safe environment.
Additional overtaking lane
We’ll construct a new overtaking lane for Wodonga bound traffic between Edmondson and Stars Lanes, near Wooragee, which will provide safer overtaking opportunities.
Shoulder sealing and Wide Centreline
We will seal the shoulders on the side of the road to increase the width of the road, which will allow us to install a wide centre line and safety barriers.
The use of safety barriers has been identified as an effective safety measure to prevent vehicles crossing the centreline and running off the road.
We’ll be installing left-hand side flexible safety barriers in high-risk locations.
Audio tactile line marking
We’ll apply tactile lines in the centre and edge of the road which will alert drivers when they start to drift to the right or toward the centre of the road. These tactile surfaces, also known as rumble strips, refocuses drivers by producing a rumbling sound and causing a vibration which is transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior.
An safer speed of 80 km/h will be introduced through the township of Wooragee.
The 80 km/h speed limit will be extended from Beechworth just past the Beechworth-Chiltern Road intersection.
Environmental and Cultural Heritage
Environmental assessments have been undertaken in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The project has been designed to minimise the environmental impacts and avoid culturally sensitive sites.
The installation of this road safety infrastructure will:
- reduce the risk and severity of intersection crashes
- prevent head-on and crossing centreline crashes
- reduce road trauma
- improve traffic flow
- improve access through an upgraded intersection
This project aligns with the focus of Towards Zero - aspiring to reduce deaths to 200 or below by 2020 and serious injuries by 15 per cent.
In July 2016 and October 2016, we asked the community to provide their thoughts and suggestions on what could be implemented to address the serious crash history and improve safety on the Beechworth Wodonga Road.
Common suggestions included shoulder sealing, overtaking lanes, reducing speed in various locations and improvements to intersections.
This feedback has been included wherever possible into the design of the project.
We'd like to thank the community for their valued input.
What happens next?
We’ll provide regular updates throughout the project and will continue to engage with the community as the project progresses.
We'll also work closely with local media outlets to help spread information to the community about changes to road arrangements and conditions, and other important details.
Phone: (03) 5761 1871
Email: [email protected]
Mail: SSRIP, VicRoads, 1 McNab Avenue, Footscray VIC 3011
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