Midland Highway, Stanhope to Shepparton
We’re delivering significant infrastructure solutions to reduce collisions and road trauma on the Midland Highway between Stanhope and Shepparton.
Project update - February 2017
Works will commence on Monday 27 February.
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 Midland Highway between Stanhope and Shepparton has been identified under the Towards Zero 2016/2020 Road Safety Strategy and Plan as one of Victoria’s highest risk roads.
Between January 2010 and February 2017, this section of road has recorded 79 casualty crashes including three fatalities, 32 serious injuries and 44 other associated injuries.
The latest fatality occurred on 25 January 2016 at the Tatura-Undera Road intersection.
About the project
We’ll construct a new roundabout at the intersection of Tatura-Undera Road and Midland Highway.
Traffic signals will be installed at the entrance to KidsTown in Mooroopna for safe entry and exit out of the site.
We’ve also selected other intersections along the section of highway to receive minor upgrades.
Additional overtaking lanes
We’ll construct six new overtaking lanes, three in each direction, which will provide safer overtaking opportunities.
Road widening 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.
The widened road will cater for the installation of a flexible centreline safety barrier.
We'll also install back-to-back flexible guard fence on the Peter Ross Edwards Causeway in Shepparton.
Find out more on how flexible safety barriers work.
The centreline flexible safety barrier will have breaks and openings to cater for property access and emergency services. These openings are typically 40 metres wide or greater.
An interim safer speed of 80 km/h will be introduced at the intersection of Midland Highway and Tatura-Undera Road when works commence, following a series of serious crashes.
Speed limit reductions from 50 km/h to 40 km/h are also being considered for the township of Mooroopna for pedestrian safety.
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 upgraded intersections
In October 2016 and December 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 Midland Highway.
Common suggestions included more overtaking lanes, widening the road, installing safety barriers, speed reductions, tactile line marking and intersection upgrades.
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?
Engagement with landowners and emergency services will continue to ensure safe access to properties and sections of the highway.
We’ll provide regular updates throughout the project and will continue to engage with the community on different aspects of the design as it evolves.
We'll also work closely with local media outlets to help spread information to the community about project progress, changes to road arrangements and conditions, and other important details.
For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Phone: (03) 5761 1845
Write: Vic Roads, North Eastern Region, PO Box 135, Benalla VIC 3671