South Gippsland Highway road safety improvements

We’re upgrading the South Gippsland Highway from Leongatha to Meeniyan to improve safety and reduce the likelihood of crashes. 

South Gippsland Highway from Leongatha to Meeniyan has been identified as a one of Victoria’s high risk roads under the Towards Zero 2016/2020 Road Safety and Action Plan (External link)

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 South Gippsland Highway and in surrounding communities to a drop-in information session at Leongatha to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about improving road safety between Leongatha and Meeniyan.
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 South Gippsland Highway.

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

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:        Tuesday 5 September, 2017
Time:        Drop in at any time between 5pm –7.30pm
Location:  South Gippsland Council Hub, Smith Street Leongatha

Date:        Thursday 21 September 
Time:        Drop in at any time between 10am - 2pm 
Location:  Mid-week Market Meeniyan, Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan

Project Background:

Tragically, 20 serious crashes occurred on this road, with one life lost and 19 people injured (six of them seriously) in the five year period to 2015.

Together with our road safety partners, we’re working towards a future where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. That’s why we’re making a significant investment to improving the safety of the South Gippsland Highway.

About the project

We are proposing a range of improvements and are planning to deliver:  

  • Flexible road safety barriers and/or wide centreline treatment along the middle of the road
  • Flexible road safety barriers on the left hand side of the road
  • New overtaking opportunities in both directions
  • Rumble strips
  • Sealing the road shoulder
  • Improving access to and from the Victorian Livestock Exchange sale yard at Leongatha.


All improvements are designed to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes

Community Involvement

Over the past few months, project team members have been door-knocking residents along South Gippsland Highway 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 31st July, 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 the Highway 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.

Contact us

Safe System Road Infrastructure Program – Team Gippsland

Call:   0459 861 176
Email:  [email protected]


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Community information session:

Date:         Tuesday 5 September, 2017
Time:         Drop in at any time
                  between 5pm –7.30pm
Location:   South Gippsland Council Hub,
                  Smith Street Leongatha

Date:        Thursday 21 September 
Time:        Drop in at any time 
                 between 10am - 2pm 
Location:  Mid-week Market Meeniyan,
                 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan




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