Ryans Road, Diamond Creek to receive $510,000 safety upgrade

Treasury Portfolio

A busy Diamond Creek residential road with a history of run-off-road crashes will receive a $510,000 safety boost, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.

“Ryans Road at Diamond Creek, in its current condition, is a risk for drivers and requires immediate action,” Mr Mulder said.

“Ryans Road is a winding arterial road in Diamond Creek which carries approximately 7,000 vehicles per day and is lined with residences, hidden driveways, parks and embankments.”

Liberal Candidate for Yan Yean Sam Ozturk said that VicRoads’ investigations into the crash history found that in the five years to December 2013, seven loss of control crashes were recorded on Ryans Road between Diamond Creek Road and Kim Street. Of the seven crashes, three resulted in serious injury.

“The major crash trend involved vehicles losing control and veering off the road before hitting roadside objects like trees,” Mr Ozturk said.

“As part of the safety improvements, guard rails will be installed along sections of the road, anti-skid road resurfacing along the curved section, roadside hazards such as trees will be removed and signs alerting drivers of the road alignment ahead will be installed.

Additionally, shallow roadside drainage pipes which often result in run-off-road crashes will be made mountable by vehicles, allowing drivers to avoid collision and regain control.

“These improvements will help reduce the likelihood and severity of these types of crashes in the future.”

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said that the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP) is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), while VicRoads manages the program.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has committed $1 billion to SRIP over ten years to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, with more than $199 million committed so far during 2014 on 188 safety improvement projects across Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“This important and targeted program is helping us build on the road safety gains of recent years, which has led to successive, record low death tolls, while continuing our focus on reducing serious injuries.”

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