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Eight new roadside stopping areas will be constructed on Victoria’s Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale where safety barriers have been installed, to give drivers more dedicated areas to pull over safely.

In response to community feedback, Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC announced that six new stopping areas would be installed on the Melbourne-bound side of the highway and two new bays on the Bairnsdale-bound side of the highway.

“I asked Regional Roads Victoria to work closely with the community on the rollout of this life-saving infrastructure – and that’s exactly what they’ve done,” she said.

“These pull-over sections strike a balance between safety and community feedback on this section of the Princes Highway.”

Safety upgrades are currently being rolled out on the highway as part of a $51.5 million Towards Zero investment by the Andrews Labor Government, including flexible safety barriers on the roadside and along the centre of the road.

The new pull-over areas will be large enough to accommodate trucks and bring the total number of stopping bays to 12 Melbourne-bound and 8 Bairnsdale-bound – or roughly every 3-4 kilometres. It is thought that the installation of the new pull-over areas is expected to begin in October and be completed in December.

The road safety upgrade is part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan funded through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).