Victorian Treasurer and Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien MP, today announced a $100,000 Victorian Coalition Government investment in road safety improvements on Waverley Road, Malvern East between Malvern and Warrigal Roads.
Mr O’Brien said this area had a significant crash history, with 12 run-off-the-road casualty crashes, including six resulting in serious injury, for the five years to December 2012.
“To reduce the incidence and severity of these run-off-the-road crashes, line marking will be undertaken along Waverley Road to clearly create two lanes in either direction,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Re-line marking this section of Waverley Road as two through lanes in each direction will reduce driver confusion whether it is one lane or two on this stretch of road.
“It will help everyone know where they are supposed to be and share the road safely.
“This is good news for local road safety in Malvern East,” said Mr O’Brien.
Work on this project is expected to start in February 2014 and be finished mid-2014.
The project is being funded by the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), which is aimed at making our roads and roadsides safer.
“We have had successive, record low road tolls in Victoria and we need to keep working hard to ensure that we stay a world leader in road safety,” Mr O’Brien said.
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said SRIP is funded by the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads manages the program.
“Funded through the TAC Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), this unprecedented
$1 billion investment, an increase of more than 30 per cent a year on the previous road safety program, is the centrepiece of the Coalition Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2012-2022 to reduce the road toll,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“Victorian high-risk road locations will significantly benefit from the upgrades, providing the local community with specific and immediate safety benefits towards reducing road trauma.”
An evaluation into the effectiveness of SRIP by the Monash University Accident Research Centre has identified that the program is producing a reduction of 31 per cent for all casualty crashes.