A win for Walhalla road safety

In a win for the Walhalla community, road safety barriers will finally be installed on the Walhalla Road.

Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) has announced long term safety upgrades and the installation of reduced speed warning signs on the notorious bend as the first step in response to community demands.

Responding to local concerns after visiting the site of two serious vehicle crashes, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath wrote to the Andrews Government, calling for urgent safety upgrades.

Ms Bath’s letter to the Roads and Road Safety Minister, Ben Carroll requested a full road safety assessment by RRV and implementation of appropriate upgrades to minimise risk to drivers and improve safety.

The letter was co-signed by local volunteer first responders.

Ms Bath has warmly congratulated the community and emergency services volunteers for their perseverance in achieving state government action on Walhalla Road.

“Over the past eight years the Andrews Government has been determined to rollout safety barriers on our straight highways, but it has failed to address serious road safety issues in our mountain communities and high country,” said Ms Bath.

I am pleased the state government has finally listened to the community in regard to this highly dangerous corner in Walhalla.

“It is also pleasing that our emergency services personnel should receive less callouts and confronting incidents the road safety barriers are installed.”

Ms Bath said the historic Walhalla township attracted tourists from all over the world and has been recognised as a premiere destination – locals and tourists deserve roads that that they can travel on more safely with their loved ones.

“The engineering work and erection of roadside barriers on Walhalla Road will take time to plan and deliver, but it’s good news it’s finally in progress.

“Locals can be assured I will continue to monitor progress on Walhalla Road and work with them to ensure these road safety upgrades are delivered in a timely manner.”