Improving Midland Link road safety

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION

September 15, 2021

My question is to the Minister for Road Safety, and relates to the Midland Link that connects Mansfield with Benalla.

I’m informed that a 60-kilometre section of this road is carrying approximately 3000 vehicles per day, 750 of them trucks.

Some trucks can use up to five and a half metres of the available carriageway, which is only six metres wide in parts. The desired solution is to widen the road by one metre on both sides.

Some improvements have been undertaken, such as to the shoulders and installation of guardrails, and 25 per cent of the road (length) has been widened. This leaves 75pc still needing attention, so my question is: what is the timeline for carrying out the remainder of this work to improve the safety of this section of road?