WORK RESUMES ON MELBOURNE-LANCEFIELD ROAD UPGRADE

Work has re-commenced on the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million safety upgrade on Melbourne-Lancefield Road between Sunbury and Lancefield, one of Victoria’s highest-risk stretches of highway.

Two work sites were established January 2018, from Monegeetta to Romsey and Romsey to Lancefield, to improve safety along the 11km stretch of Melbourne-Lancefield Road.

Unexpected ground conditions required significant remedial works earlier this year causing delays in construction and pushed the works program into wet and wintery weather.

During the winter break, VicRoads regularly monitored the road surface, repairing potholes and carrying out emergency maintenance.

Works resuming next week will include widening and sealing road shoulders, constructing new overtaking lanes and installing flexible safety barriers along the centreline and left-hand side of the road to prevent head-on and run off-road crashes.

The new lanes are being constructed northbound from the Gisborne-Kilmore Road intersection and from just north of Forbes Road in Romsey.

Southbound overtaking lanes will be built south of Green Lane in Romsey and south of Cemetery Road Hill

Traffic management will be in place through this upgrade work including a 40km/h speed limit at each worksite.

The new road safety works are part of the Labor Government’s Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to implement Safe System measures on the highest risk, rural divided and undivided roads within Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“We are transforming Melbourne-Lancefield Road from one of the most dangerous roads in the state into a safer route.”

“These safety improvements will decrease the likelihood of serious crashes and make every driver’s journey along this stretch of road safer and easier.”

“Winter weather and the poor ground condition have been challenging, but we’re committed to delivering this lifesaving upgrade on Melbourne-Lancefield Road.”