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Long queues worth the wait

MOTORISTS queuing up at road works and stop signs for months now between Leongatha and Koonwarra have been eagerly awaiting the finish of the project.
The $12.8 million safety upgrades along the South Gippsland Highway between Leongatha and Meeniyan will be completed by the end of November, according to Vic Roads.
Some motorists wondered why there was no work going on last Monday and Tuesday despite fine weather.
Others said the wide, unmarked pavement near the Koonwarra saleyards was causing some confusion to visiting motorists especially when it is raining; not quite sure where the line of the road was.
Vic Roads director of safe system road infrastructure programs, Nathan Matthews, said “the final road sealing and line-marking (between Leongatha and Meeniyan) is weather dependent, but is expected to be completed by the end of November. This includes the section of road outside the (VLE) saleyards. The installation of a final section of flexible guard fence will be completed from mid-November to mid-December, which will mark the full completion of the road upgrade.”
“The project includes a wide centreline to reduce the risk of head-on crashes, rumble strip line-marking to alert drivers if they veer out of their lane and flexible safety barriers. The intersection of Boags Road and South Gippsland Highway is also being improved with new dedicated turning lanes and sealed road shoulders.”
The Star received some reports from motorists indicating they saw signage referring to maintenance completion by the end of October. Vic Roads clarified this to say these signs referred to a section of road works between Carmodys Road and Little Ruby Creek, which was anticipated to be completed by the end of October.
When road workers are not on site, the speed through the work zone is increased to 80 km/h. Police have been out enforcing the speed limits at the road works and will charge any driver not adhering to the limits.
The Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan is touted as the most ambitious road safety target in Victorian history, created with backing from VicRoads, the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Health and Human Services.
According to minister for road safety Luke Donnellan, a person is killed or suffers life-changing injuries every two hours in Victoria due to road incidents. In rural areas, motorists are killed at four times the rate compared to cities.
The works are part of the State Government’s Toward Zero 2016-20 Road Safety Strategy. Investment of more than $1 billion dollars over five years aims to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to fewer than 200 people by 2020 and reduce life-changing injuries by about 15 percent.

Highway road works: maintenance works continue between Leongatha and Koonwarra and are to be fully completed by the end of November, according to Vic Roads.

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