New flexible safety barriers will soon be installed along the South Gippsland Highway to save lives and reduce road trauma.

The barriers will be installed between Lynbrook Boulevard and Manks Road, with works now underway and scheduled for completion by late this year.

This busy stretch of road is one of the state’s highest risk roads, with 35 crashes recorded between 2012 and 2016 – including one fatality and 25 people suffering serious injury.

The works to install the safety barriers will significantly improve safety for motorists as they travel throughout the area, and will build on previous upgrades delivered on the South Gippsland Highway between Leongatha and Meeniyan, as well as between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang.

Since 2016, the Andrews Labor Government has installed more than 3,500 kilometres of new safety barriers across the state.

On the first 20 roads treated with flexible safety barriers, the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by head-on and run-off-road crashes dropped by two thirds – from 120 people in 2015 to 41 people in 2019.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead while the works take place along the South Gippsland Highway between Lynbrook Boulevard and Manks Road. Barriers won’t be installed along any 60km/h section of the route, the Cranbourne shopping strip or the Avenue of Honour which commemorates sacrifices made by those who served in World War I.

The Labor Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“The South Gippsland Highway provides a major connection between the Princes Highway and Westernport Road, as well as access to Phillip Island.”

“We’ve already delivered works on one section of the South Gippsland Highway – and now these further upgrades will help reduce the severity of crashes and create a safer journey for motorists as they travel throughout the area.”