Monday, 26 March 2018

Drivers travelling between Sale and Maffra will be much safer, as final works to improve Maffra-Sale Road are nearing completion.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced final road sealing and line-marking will occur in early April, as part of Andrews Labor Government’s $5.4 million investment in boosting road safety in Gippsland.

A wide centreline has also been constructed to prevent head-on crashes, with flexible guard fences installed on the left side of the road to prevent run-off-road crashes.

Drainage on the road has also been upgraded, while the road shoulder has been sealed to create a safer roadside.

Rumble strip line-marking will be installed after the final road sealing, to alert drivers if they leave their designated lanes.

Maffra-Sale Road is being upgraded after it was identified as one of the state’s highest-risk rural roads.

Over the previous 10 years there have been 26 casualty crashes on Maffra-Sale Road involving 54 people. One person lost their life and 21 people received life-changing injuries.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing:

“More than half of the 28 people who died on Gippsland roads last year were in vehicles that crashed into roadside trees or poles – so we’re installing safety barriers on our high-risk routes to prevent more lives being lost.”

“These upgrades have transformed Maffra-Sale Road into a safer route for all the locals, tourists and farmers that use it.”