Princes Highway East safety improvements

We’re improving safety along the Princes Highway East 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 - June 2018

Work is already well underway between Sale and Stratford, while the next section between Stratford and Bairnsdale will get started in early June. 

This includes new overtaking lanes near Lindenow Road, road widening, shoulder and property entrance sealing, and the installation of flexible safety barriers and rumble strip line-marking.

These upgrades will reduce the risk of people being seriously injured or killed in run-off-road and head-on crashes, which were the leading cause of fatalities on Gippsland roads last year.

There will be significant roadworks on Princes Highway between Sale and Bairnsdale throughout the rest of 2018 as these lifesaving upgrades are completed. 

During this time drivers will need to slow to 40km/h when travelling through the roadworks and should allow an extra 10-15 minutes to their journey between Sale and Bairnsdale.

Project background

The Princes Highway East between Sale to Bairnsdale has been identified as one of Victoria’s top 20 highest risk rural roads.

In the five-year period leading up to 2015, there were 54 serious crashes along this stretch of road, where five people tragically lost their lives and 17 people were seriously injured.

Road safety improvements

The safety improvements we’re making include:

  • installing flexible safety barriers along the centreline and roadside to reduce the likelihood of run-off road and head-on crashes 
  • breaks in the safety barrier (at least 40m wide) for access to properties
  • new overtaking lanes in both directions near Lindenow Road 
  • rumble strips to warn drivers if they wander off the road
  • sealing the road shoulder in high-risk areas to reduce run-off road crashes
  • new rest facilities in Stratford
  • better sealed access to properties 

Contact us

Call:     0468 314 107
Email:  [email protected]

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