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

Recently we held information sessions at Lindenow South, Stratford and Bairnsdale to get feedback from the community. This feedback has been incorporated into our designs.

Early works near the Stratford Rail Bridge and in Sale between Cantwell Drive and Bengworden Road have been completed.

Since November we’ve been working from Bengworden Road to Stratford. To minimise traffic impacts over the Christmas/New Year period, work will stop from 22 December, 2017 and start again on 8 January, 2018. To ensure safety, reduced work zone speed limits will still be in place during this period. We’ll endeavour to increase the temporary speed limit to 80/km/h through our secured work areas.

From 8 January, 2018 both traffic lanes will be open. At certain times throughout January temporary stop and go traffic lights will be in place to allow for work on one side of the road, which may cause minor delays.

Even though early works have begun, our designs for the remaining sections of road are still being developed, with the help of community feedback. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, you can call or email us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

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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