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Push to improve Seaspray Road safety

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is lobbying for much-needed improvements, including the sealing of shoulders, along Seaspray Road in Longford.

Mr O’Brien said the shoulders needed to be widened and sealed to improve safety for cyclists, children at bus stops and vehicles in general.

“A number of local cyclists brought the state of the road to my attention, noting that many local bike riders use 3GI hill for training as one of the few hills in the Sale district.

“It’s a busy road with many vehicles heading to the coast and lots of trucks travelling to and from the gas plant and Covino Farms. The lack of sealed shoulders leaves little room for cyclists to move over when other vehicles are passing.

“I wrote to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety last year asking that this road be considered for widening and sealing of shoulders in both directions,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The section of road between Boundary Creek Road and the South Gippsland Highway where 3GI hill is located is particularly narrow and I am told this has been the scene of many near misses.

“I have now received a response from the Minister advising that sealing of the shoulders is being considered.

“While no specific timeframe has been provided, I am grateful that the need has been recognised and will continue to advocate to see this through to fruition.

“We deserve safe roads for all road users and it’s crucial that regional roads like the Seaspray Road receive a fair share of the funding available.”

Local cyclists Mandy Smits, Steve Elston, Vaughn Jones and Brent Sword with The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, who is campaigning to improve safety on the Seaspray Road.

 

29 January 2021

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