The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to improve the safety of all road users travelling on Barwon Heads Road, with upgrades to the busy route getting underway from mid-July.
Duty Member Gayle Tierney – on behalf of Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine – said the Barwon Heads Road and Tomara Drive intersection upgrades would mean better accessibility for pedestrians between the bus stop and the 13th Beach Estate and enhanced safety for drivers and cyclists.
Improvements include constructing a 20-metre long concrete pedestrian refuge with a fenced section to make crossing the busy road more accessible and safer and increasing the lighting on the existing power pole closest to the bus stop.
These latest safety upgrades follow an 80km/h speed limit on Barwon Heads Road between Bluestone School Road and the Barwon Heads township in April.
The speed change resulted from extensive community feedback about safety, particularly at the Tomara Drive intersection, and speed review investigations by the Department of Transport.
The 80km/h speed limit provides a safer environment for all road users on this increasingly busy corridor while only adding minimal travel time.
With studies proving that speed impacts reaction time, at 80km/h, the stopping distance is 30 per cent shorter than when travelling at 100km/h and gives you 20 per cent more time to react in the event of an accident.
The safety upgrades on Barwon Heads Road are part of the Government’s $1.4 billion investment in reducing road trauma across the state.
This latest investment supports Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which sets ambitious targets to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030 and sets us on a path to zero road deaths by 2050.
Works are due to begin mid-July and take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Quotes attributable to Duty Member Gayle Tierney, on behalf of Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine
“We have listened to the community’s concerns and experiences around this intersection – installing a new pedestrian refuge and better lighting to make crossing the road safer, especially for local school children.”
“These improvements come on top of the recent introduction of a safer 80km/h speed limit which is creating a safer environment for all road users around this area, including drivers accessing the nearby estate and golf course.”