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Too long! – Road still a danger

A SECTION of the Strzelecki Highway west of Mirboo North has been unrepaired for around two years.

So close: trucks and cars come close to the shoulder of the Strzelecki Highway which is washing away and hasn’t been repaired for two years.

So close: trucks and cars come close to the shoulder of the Strzelecki Highway which is washing away and hasn’t been repaired for two years.

The section between Cropley Road and Porter Lane and has been the subject of an 80km/h ‘temporary’ speed limit due to a land slip near the road.
This has caused the Armco railing posts on the north side of the road to be exposed and left a gaping hole – which is ever growing – towards the northbound lane.
Leongatha’s Robert Bacon tried to get the stretch of road repaired in 2010 when the problem first arrived.
“I have given up on shires and VicRoads when it comes to road maintenance,” he said.
“I emailed and warned VicRoads the water would wash away the roadway there but they didn’t listen.”
The bus driver said few people obey the temporary speed and ‘no overtaking’ signs.
“No one slows down to 80kms an hour there; it’s just an absolute joke,” he said.
“I think a few months in when the signs first went up someone threw the signs over the edge of the highway.”
VicRoads failed to tell The Star why no repairs had been undertaken in the past two years, but a spokesperson said the road would be fixed as part of the construction of a new overtaking lane later this year.
“In coming weeks VicRoads will be removing a number of trees on the roadside of the Strzelecki Highway west of Mirboo North between Stubbers Lane and Cropley Road,” a spokesperson said.
“The trees need to be removed to make room for the new overtaking lane and for repairs to the landslip site near Cropley Road.
“Full construction works on both the overtaking lane and repairs to the landslip site will be carried out in warmer conditions later this year.
“Warmer temperatures and drier conditions are required for the earthworks, drainage improvements and road construction works.”
VicRoads warned there would be delays on the highway in the coming months.
“There will be temporary lane closures during the tree removal works, as trees at this location are close to the road and room is needed for the felling works,” a spokesperson said.
“Drivers are urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time through the area.”

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