Roadworks on the Midland Hwy near Tatura are expected to be completed by late February, VicRoads has said.
VicRoads Safe System Road Infrastructure program director Bryan Sherritt said the first of two new overtaking lanes between Bayunga Rd and Minchin Rd has been completed and is open to traffic.
The second overtaking lane on the stretch of road is under construction and will be complete by late February, although the road is open and traffic can move in both directions during the construction works.
The Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton has been identified as one of the state’s top 20 highest risk roads, and between January 2010 and February last year, there were 79 crashes recorded, including three fatalities and 32 serious injuries.
An overhaul of the highway and additionally the Peter Ross Edwards Causeway between Shepparton and Mooroopna, will attempt to improve road safety.
Earthworks on the Peter Ross Edwards Causeway will be complete in the next few weeks, with final asphalting work still to be carried out, in preparation for the installation of centreline and left-side flexible safety barriers.
‘‘The work we are doing on the Midland Hwy will significantly reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on this key Victorian route,’’ Mr Sherritt said.
‘‘We thank the community for their patience while we get on with these lifesaving roadworks.’’
The intersection at Kidstown Adventure Park in Mooroopna will soon receive traffic signals to improve safe entry and exit from the highway.
The works will start in the coming months and will be completed by mid-year.