Hume Freeway - M80 Ring Road to Wodonga Road Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety along the Hume Freeway as part of Towards Zero. The State Government is investing $1.1 billion to implement Towards Zero, a plan to reduce Victoria’s road toll to fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15%.

Project update - March 2018

VicRoads would like to thank motorist for their patience during the safety improvements on the Hume Freeway. 

Since commencing the project, VicRoads has installed over 370kms of flexible safety barrier on the Hume Freeway as part of the safe systems roads infrastructure program.

Installation of flexible safety barrier in the southbound lanes is now completed between Barnawartha and Springhurst. 

In addition, road widening earthworks and installation of flexible safety barrier between the M80 and Northern Highway is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. 

Earthworks Complete

  • Road widening earthworks have now been completed in the southbound lanes between Springhurst and Carraragarmungee Road in Wangaratta.
  • Constructions has now begun in the northbound lanes between Wangaratta and Springhurst, and are currently close by the Benton’s Hill Rest Area. Installation of flexible safety barrier will follow earthworks at these locations. 

Flexible Safety Barrier Installed

  • Barrier installation is currently underway in the northbound lanes between Avenel and Alexandersons Road, as well as between Alexandersons Road and Euroa. 
  • Road widening earthworks in southbound lanes between Balmattum and Euroa is currently ongoing.

Next Sections

  • The installation of flexible safety barrier between Seymour-Tooborac Road and Avenel in the northbound lanes is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. Flexible safety barrier is currently installed near the Goulburn Valley Highway turnoff, with additional installation due shortly in the southbound lanes from the Coach Road rest area towards Seymour. 

To ensure the safety of workers and road users, temporary reductions in speed and traffic changes are being applied during working hours which may cause travel delays of up to five minutes at each worksite. The speed limit will revert to 110km/h after working hours.

Project background

In the five year period between 2010 and 2015, 257 people were involved in road crashes along the Hume Freeway. 231 people were seriously injured and tragically, 26 people lost their lives.

What are the safety improvements?

The safety improvements we’re making on the Hume Freeway include:

  • New flexible safety barriers along the left hand side and centre median of the Hume Freeway to reduce run off road and head on crashes
  • Road widening to provide space for installation of flexible safety barriers
  • Sealing the road shoulder in these widened sections so that road maintenance and emergency vehicles can pull over safely

What happens next?

By working on different sections of the Freeway, we’ll ensure there will be minimal delays to travel along the Hume Freeway while works are being carried out. We’ll continue to use traffic management programs to avoid excessive speed reductions and lane closures

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Email:  [email protected] 

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