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Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull on Friday, with Chief Regional Roads Officer, RRV Regional Director and local Project Manager.

East highway changes

East highway changes

Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull on Friday, with Chief Regional Roads Officer, RRV Regional Director and local Project Manager.

Changes coming to barrier placement on Princes Highway

Regional Roads Victoria will make a number of changes to road barriers along the Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale.

Regional Roads Victoria and Gippsland East MP Tim Bull have been contacted by drivers of vehicles of all sizes, expressing concerns about traffic hazards caused by the placement of the barriers.

Mr Bull met with the Minister two weeks ago. Then last Friday, drove the road with the Chief Regional Roads Officer, the Regional Director and local Project Manager.

“I am very pleased to say a few changes have been agreed to, based on the community’s feedback and strong advocacy,” said Mr Bull.

See below for the changes to be implemented

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-- No side barriers to be installed on approximately 25 kilometres of road eastbound (where they were planned to go) allowing cars and trucks to get off the road when they pull over.

-- More truck and car pull over areas to be installed where there are side road barriers.

-- Increased visibility at driveways and intersections by removing some barriers already installed adjacent to these areas, and

-- The old ripple strips that cause vibrations to be fixed.

“While locals will realise these changes are common sense, it was good to be able to drive the road, stop at locations where required and explain the concerns," Mr Bull said.

“The fact we will now not have these side barriers on more than half the eastbound trip where they were planned to go is significant and the road and driveway intersections will be made safer in relation to the visibility of traffic, with barriers being taken out to make the gaps bigger.

“Importantly we will also have more pull over areas for trucks, buses and cars that previously could simply not get off the road.

“I now look forward to these changes being implemented to the original designs that were presented to the public.”

Mr Bull said he also raised concerns over the road surface quality where what was previously shoulder quality road would now take heavy traffic loads.

“I was advised that ‘geotechnical investigations before construction found the road shoulder pavement was suitable for traffic’.

“This is different from the advice I have received from ex road workers and roads experts, so I guess time will tell on that one, but they have been told.”

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