The Andrews Labor Government is making high risk bends along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road safer.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino announced $220,000 to improve signage, guide posts and line markings at high risk and medium risk bends along the 22km route.

There have been 64 run-off and head-on crashes on bends along Mt Dandenong Tourist Road with 22 of these crashes resulting in serious injuries in the five year period ending December 2014.

In sections of Mt Dandenong Tourist Road where the speed limit is 70 km/h, there have been 32 crashes, including 12 serious injury crashes.

As part of the safety project, it is proposed to reduce the existing 70km/h speed limits to 60km/h which will make the speed environment more consistent with other sections of the road and have a significant safety benefit.

Each day, approximately 10,000 vehicles including 800 trucks travel up and down Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, while the road is increasingly popular with cyclists.

The Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is funded by the Transport Accident Commission and delivered by VicRoads.

It is an important part of the Labor Government’s Towards Zero road safety vision – which is to have a 15 per cent reduction in serious injuries and less than 200 deaths on Victorian roads by 2020.

Works will be completed next year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“These improvements will help motorists understand that they need to slow down and take extra care when travelling through bends.”

“We’re making the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road safer for residents in the Dandenong Ranges as well as the tourists and cyclists that enjoy this scenic route.”

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