Ryan raises questions about wire rope barriers
02 November 2017
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan needs to answer questions about the wire rope barriers being constructed on the Midland Hwy between Mooroopna and Stanhope.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said concerns had been raised with her about the cost of the project as well as access for farm machinery and emergency vehicles.
“Local farmers are concerned that there won’t be enough room to move large agricultural machinery, like combine harvesters, once the middle and outer barriers are constructed,” Ms Ryan said.
“I have asked the Minister what the width of the road will be between the centre line barrier and the barrier on the edge of the road.
“I am also concerned about access for emergency service vehicles and have asked the Minister what provisions are being made for first responders.”
Stanhope CFA captain Chris Dent said while he believes VicRoads are addressing the need for crossover points, he is concerned about roadside fires.
“When we pull up on the side of the highway for roadside fires, there is not enough room between the fog line and the barrier for the truck so half the truck ends up on the road,” Mr Dent said.
“If drivers are following the new 40 km/h past emergency services rule this is not a big problem however I am not confident this always happens.”
Ms Ryan said questions had also been raised with her about the cost and scope of the project.
“The Minister needs to come clean on the total cost of the project,” Ms Ryan said.
“I am also calling on the government to provide information about how many head on collisions have occurred on that stretch of road since 1977.
“Safety measures are important but I think Daniel Andrews has his priorities wrong when it comes to country roads.
“Spending millions on wire rope barriers while turning a blind eye to the fact that our roads are crumbling seems like a perfunctory approach to road safety,” Ms Ryan said.