Treasury

13
Nov

Coalition Government making Victorian roads safer with St Arnaud roundabout

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Coalition Government announces $2.72 million roundabout in St Arnaud

Coalition Government has committed $1 billion over 10 years to SRIP program

Since March 2013, Government has announced $213 million in safety upgrades to state’s worst crash sites

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips has today announced plans for a new multi-million dollar roundabout to reduce road trauma at one of St Arnaud’s busiest intersections.
 
Mr Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government will fund the $2.72 million roundabout at the intersection of Wimmera Hwy and Ararat-St Arnaud Rd as part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Safer Roads Infrastructure Program (SRIP).
 
“In the past five years, there has been three casualty crashes, including one fatality, at this location. These crashes not only have an impact on the wider road network, but they have a huge impact on the people living in a small community such as this,” Mr Rich-Phillips said during a visit to the intersection today.
 
The Coalition Government has committed  $1 billion over 10 years to the SRIP program, a key element of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy which is aiming to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Victorian roads by more than 30 per cent by 2022.
 
“The Coalition’s $1 billion fund is the largest ever commitment for safer roads infrastructure in Victoria, in Australia and, as far as we know, in the world,” Mr Rich-Phillips said
 
The newly-announced works at the intersection will involve the design and construction of a large roundabout suitable for B-double trucks. Works are expected to be completed during the 2015-16 financial year.
 
“This roundabout will not only make the roads junction more visible for approaching traffic, it will also force motorists to slow down to safer speeds on approach,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
 
“It is a significant investment, and the Coalition Government sees it as an important one, because we understand that safer roads save lives.”
 
Since Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy was launched in March last year, the Coalition Government has announced $213 million in safety upgrades at 196 of the state’s worst road crash sites.
 
Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley welcomed the announcement, highlighting that the Coalition Government is making roads safer in regional areas.
 
“Our unprecedented commitment to building safer roads is helping to build on the road safety initiatives of recent years that have led to successive, record low road tolls,” Ms Staley said.

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 andrew.drever@minstaff.vic.gov.au
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