Black spot areas of roads given much-needed lift

18 Jul 2018 Euroa Gazette, Euroa VIC (General News) Penny Lane and Ridge Road intersections improved with works LABOR Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes has announced the completion of works on the Andrews Labor Governments $2.86 million upgrade of a 700-metre-long section of the road, south of Euroa. The upgrade included realigning one curve to improve sight distance for drivers, creating wider road shoulders to reduce dangerous bends, lowering the crest at the Penny Lane and Ridge Road intersections and installing flexible safety barriers. This location has seen nine lane departure crashes in the past five years, resulting in the tragic loss of two lives and five serious injuries. Weve made this dangerous section of Euroa-Mansfield Road much safer and helped to reduce the risk of accidents, Ms Symes said. Not only has this upgrade made this road more reliable for those who use it every day, its also delivered a boost to local jobs and business. The Euroa-Merton Road has seen an increase in traffic over the past 10 years with many north bound drivers and motorcyclists using it as a conduit between Yea and Euroa. The works were undertaken by Victorian company Wright Earthmoving supporting local jobs and business. The safety upgrade is part of the Andrews Labor Governments $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads. The Towards Zero Action Plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. A speed limit of 60kph has returned to with the upgrade now completed. Ms Symes thanked drivers for their patience over the past three months while these important works were undertaken.