Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Labor Government over the state of roadworks being undertaken on Midland Hwy, between Tatura and Ardmona.
Ms Lovell said some areas of work that were supposed to be part of road safety improvements had been returned to 100km/h, but were unfinished, unsafe and putting road users at risk of an accident.
‘‘Works done on the east-bound lanes between Tatura and Ardmona, at the intersection of the highway and Bayunga and Starritt Rds are incomplete,’’ Ms Lovell said.
‘‘But the speed limit has been lifted despite the potential for increased risk of accidents.’’
Ms Lovell said drivers were faced with uneven and unsealed surfaces and a road that suddenly veered off the carriageway and into the shoulder area.
‘‘There are a couple of plastic bollards and arrowed signs vaguely placed off the road, but there is no proper warning signage or safety advice for motorists,’’ she said.
‘‘(Traffic is) exposed to a serious road hazard and potential for further serious accidents.’’
The section of the Midland Hwy between Shepparton and Stanhope has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest-risk roads under the Toward Zero 2016-20 Road Safety Strategy and Plan.
Since 2010 to February this year, it had 79 crashes with injury recorded including three fatalities and 126 people needing hospitalisation.
‘‘I have brought it to the attention of authorities and intend to raise it with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in Parliament (this week)... so that he can ensure future works are not left in such a hazardous condition,’’ Ms Lovell said.