Project update - January 2017
Local residents have helped shape the locations of the Midland Highway overtaking lanes, with feedback directly incorporated into the decisions and designs which will soon be released to tenderers.
After extensive community consultation, the lanes will be constructed at locations two locations between Bannockburn and Lethbridge and two between Bannockburn and Meredith.
See Midland Hwy overtaking lanes map [PDF 99Kb]
What will be constructed?
- Two new overtaking lanes between Bannockburn and Lethbridge and two between Lethbridge and Meredith
- Wire rope safety barrier up the centre of the overtaking lanes, with openings for property access
- Sealing a three metre left turn shoulder and a three metre wide and 60 metre long right turn slip lane at Scanlons Road
- More pleasant, predictable and less stressful journeys
- Reduced transport costs for movement of regional and export orientated goods through reduced vehicle operating costs, reduced travel time and, improved ride quality
- Reduced road crashes.
We contacted all the residents who live along this stretch of the Midland Highway and asked for their feedback. We also spoke to many other locals and businesses who use the road.
Here is how we used your feedback.
Unfortunately, due to the proximity of the existing vegetation to the road, we must remove trees along the route.
We will only remove trees located within the area needed to build the new road or could be a potential hazard in the future.
VicRoads has been working closely with Landcare, the Golden Plains Shire, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and environmental experts to ensure that we do everything we can to preserve the natural environment.
Motorists will notice a change to the landscape.
We are committed to replanting some trees, however the number and location has not yet been finalised.
There have been a number of crashes on the Midland Highway in recent years; a large percentage of which have involved a vehicle crossing the centreline and crashing into an oncoming vehicle, or alternatively, rear ending other vehicles.
The benefits of these works include a more pleasant, predictable and less stressful journey, reduced transport costs for movement of regional and export orientated goods through reduced vehicle operating costs, reduced travel time and, improved ride quality and reduced road crashes.
View larger version of the Midland Highway, Bannockburn To Meredith - vehicle crashes 2011 -2015 - October 2016 [JPG 148 Kb]
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