The Victorian Government has announced additional funding for eleven local councils as part of the Safer Local Roads and Streets Program, which aims to support the delivery of road safety infrastructure improvements.
The $210 million Safer Local Roads and Streets Program aims to work with every Victorian council to deliver upgrades to high-risk local roads, intersections and precincts by 2027. Allocations of up to $2 million can be issued to priority road projects.
The eleven selected local councils include East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Loddon, Mansfield, Mildura, Moorabool, Stonnington, Swan Hill and Wyndham.
Examples of potential works include raised crossings, intersection upgrades, speed cushions, safer speeds, roundabouts, and other vital safety improvements.
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Funding from the Safer Local Roads and Streets Program will be delivered over seven rounds, with all Victorian councils engaging with the program by 2025.
The program started in July 2023 and will run until June 2027. The eleven fore-mentioned councils engaged the program in September 2023, to progress the initial planning and project development stages for these works.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne said the State Government was working with councils to deliver important road safety infrastructure.
“Last year we saw a devastating year on our roads both in Victoria and nationally and we need to do everything we can to drive down road trauma,” Horne said.
It’s envisioned by the State Government that the funding program will contribute to the Victorian Government’s 2023 Road Safety Strategy targets; to reduce serious injury and achieve zero road trauma by 2050.