Paynesville Road Safety Improvements

We’re improving road safety on Paynesville Road to save lives and reduce serious injuries and road trauma.

Towards Zero is the Victorian Government’s vision for a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. It acknowledges that as humans, we make mistakes. That’s why we need to ensure we have a safe road system in place that protects us from our own mistakes and those of others.

Project update - August 2017

Planning and design development are continuing, including consultation with affected landowners and key project stakeholders like our emergency service providers and the freight industry.

Vicroads recently invited people living along Paynesville Road and in surrounding communities to a drop-in information session at Bairnsdale to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about improving road safety between Bairnsdale and Paynesville. 

Thank you to all participants and to everyone who has provided the project team with valuable local knowledge. We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet shared their views to get in touch with us so you too can play an important role in shaping the future of road safety on Paynesville Road.

Construction will be staged but early works are expected to commence in the vicinity of Eagle Point in September 2017. We will continue to work with landowners, the community and stakeholders throughout design development and delivery.

Project background

Paynesville Road (from Bairnsdale to Paynesville) has been identified as one of Victoria’s top 20 highest risk rural road segments. 

Tragically, 12 serious crashes occurred on this road, with 16 people injured (seven of them seriously) in the five year period to 2015.

VicRoads and our road safety partners are working together towards a future where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. That’s why we’re making a significant investment in improving the safety of Paynesville Road.

About the project

We are proposing a range of road safety treatments along Paynesville Road, from just south of Macleod St in Bairnsdale to Coast Avenue in Paynesville:
  • Centreline flexible road safety barriers and wide centreline treatments
  • Flexible road safety barriers on the left hand side of the road 
  • New overtaking opportunities in both directions 
  • Audio tactile line marking (rumble strips)
  • Sealed road shoulders
  • Hard stand areas at existing lookouts and fishing locations.


Our proposed safety treatments will improve:
  • safety by preventing vehicles running off the road or crashing head-on into oncoming traffic
  • safety by introducing new overtaking opportunities and new amenities for tourists and fishermen
  • efficiency and connectivity for all road users.

Community involvement

Over the past few months, project team members have been door-knocking residents along Paynesville Road to understand how they use the road, their safety concerns and how they believe we can best improve road safety.

The community information session held on the 3rd of August, provided us with an opportunity to listen and understand how individuals use and experience the road and to show how the designs have progressed for the proposed road safety improvements. Members of the project team were available to answer questions, explain the Safe System Philosophy and walk the community through the current improvement plans. 

Feedback from  regular commuters confirmed the importance of Paynesville Road as a connection to surrounding suburbs and the introduction of an additional overtaking lane and new widened sealed shoulders was  welcomed by many community members.

We're committed to continuing the conversation to ensure that community ideas and feedback are considered throughout the design process and to make certain we understand how we can minimise the impacts of our work on the community.

Now is the time when the community can have a meaningful influence on design and we encourage everyone to have their say.

Upcoming community information session:

The next community information session is planned for September and will provide the community with; another opportunity to have their say, meet the VicRoads project team and seek information in relation to the proposed road safety improvements, see how community input has been incorporated into the current designs and discuss construction staging.

Date:        Wednesday 6 September, 2017
Time:        Drop in at any time between 3pm–7pm 
Location: Paynesville Community Hall, Paynesville (rear of 55 The Esplanade)

Contact us

Safe System Road Infrastructure Program – Team Gippsland
Call:   0459 861 176
Email:  [email protected]

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Community information session

Date: Wednesday 6 Sept 2017
Time: Drop in at any time
between 3pm–7pm 
Location:Paynesville Community Hall,
(rear of 55 The Esplanade)



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