State Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas has announced a $350,000 project to improve safety on Daylesford-Malmsbury Road at Coomoora.

Ms Thomas said the improvements, funded as part of the Victorian Government’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, include a focus on “a notorious section of road near the intersection with Back Glenlyon Road”.

“The works include a central painted median and full-width sealing of the road shoulders. This will reduce the risk of cars leaving the road or being involved in collisions at the intersection.”

“The 80 km/h speed zone will be extended past the intersection and 200 metres of wire rope barriers will also be installed.”

In the five years to 30 June 2013, there were three casualty crashes at this location, including run-off-road crash and head on collisions.

“These upgrades will come as good news for people travelling from Glenlyon where the road takes a sudden s-bend”.

“These improvements will go a long way towards ensuring local road users are travelling in the safest environment possible.”

Funding has been provided through the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP). Ms Thomas said the Victorian Government has committed $24 million for SSRIP projects in this round of funding.

The Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is targeted to areas right across Victoria where projects can have a specific and immediate safety benefit.

Works on this project are due to start in the first half of 2015, and will take around three months to complete.

“This funding is being used to reduce deaths and serious injuries on Victorian roads, with 13 projects being delivered state wide, all of which will get underway in coming months.”