THE safety of road users in central Victoria will increase, with four roads to receive upgrades.
The Calder Highway between Ravenswood and Big Hill, the Calder Alternative Highway between Lockwood and Lockwood South, Creswick-Newstead Road south of Newstead and the Bendigo-Maryborough Road near Shelbourne include those that received more than $3 million in state government funding.
Northern Victoria member Wendy Lovell said the roads were important transport and tourist routes linking the Bendigo area to Melbourne and other parts of the state.
“We have had successive, record low road tolls in Victoria and we need to keep working hard to ensure that we stay a world leader in road safety,” she said.
“Each of these four sections of road have recorded accidents resulting in either fatalities or serious injury in the five-year period ending December 2012.
"This funding will enable works designed to reduce similar incidents in future.”
Works are expected to start in early 2014 for the Calder Alternative Highway, mid-2014 for the Bendigo-Maryborough Road and late 2014 for the Creswick-Newstead Road.