Bad Princes Highway section to be tackled

A notorious stretch of Princes Highway between Orbost and NSW border faces upgrade

June 25, 2013

A notorious stretch of Princes Highway between Orbost and New South Wales, which has recorded six fatalities and 32 serious injuries, will soon be upgraded.

The Victorian Government plans to inject $5.1 million into road safety upgrades as part of a wider Safer Road Infrastructure Program to reduce the crash rate.

There have been 77 crashes in the past five years, with 59 of them being run-off-road accidents.

Safety barriers will be installed between Cann River and the NSW border to protect motorists from roadside hazards such as trees and steep drop-offs, Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder says.

Sharp curves will also be improved at four locations between Orbost and Cann River, complimenting the recently-completed road safety upgrades through the section.

Warning signs will also be installed.

The program is part of the government’s new 10-year strategy worth $1 billion.

"Improving road infrastructure is just one of the many ways that we can contribute to lowering the road toll and reducing serious injury crashes," Mulder says.

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