Victorians will benefit from 29 road safety enhancement projects with the additional investment of $56 million in road safety announced today by the Australian and Victorian governments.
The investment will bring the total investment in Victoria in 2021 under the Road Safety Program to more than $300 million.
The Road Safety Program supports the fast roll out of road safety infrastructure and treatments throughout regional and urban roads. Funding under the program is available for all states and territories under a ‘use it or lose it’ approach.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said the bulk of this investment is being targeted in regional areas, including the installation of flexible safety barriers and rumble strips.
“The Road Safety Program is already delivering life-saving improvements across Victoria’s roads, with each project directly contributing to reducing road trauma and saving lives,” he said.
Of the additional funding, $49 million will be invested in regional Victoria to deliver 18 projects. The remaining funds will be allocated improve pedestrian access, speed limit signs at schools and contribute to traffic calming throughout metropolitan Melbourne.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the projects will help to support Victoria’s goal of diminishing the impact of road trauma.
“Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving vision zero – that is zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050,” he said.
“This additional funding complements that work, resulting in an even greater roll out of improved infrastructure and roads right across the nation.”
The initial $245 million investment in the Road Safety Program is already delivering results with more than 59 projects in regional Victoria delivered.