$5 million safety boost for Mickleham Road
13th February 2015
Drivers travelling in the suburbs of Mickleham, Greenvale and Craigieburn will soon benefit from a $5 million road safety upgrade.
In the five years to June 2013, there were 27 casualty crashes along this section of Mickleham Road, 13 of these were run-off-road crashes and six resulted in serious injuries.
Studies have shown that simple measures such as reducing the speed limit and installing roadside protective barriers go a long way to reducing crashes.
Ros Spence, the State Member for Yuroke, said the safety improvements will include a reduction in the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h and the installation of approximately 15 kilometres of wire rope barriers and guard fence.
Ms Spence said that the roundabout at the intersection of Mickleham Road and Craigieburn Road will also be improved so that it becomes safer to drive through.
The project will also include lighting improvements, more prominent centre and edge lines and the removal of roadside hazards such as trees and drain walls.
The Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), while VicRoads manages the development and delivery of the program.
Ms Spence said that the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is targeted right across Victoria where projects can have a specific and immediate safety benefit.
Work on Mickleham Road is due to start in late-2015 and will take approximately nine months to complete.