More than 35 kilometres of Melbourne-Lancefield Road, between Sunbury and Lancefield, will undergo a safety improvement upgrade thanks to $20 million in funding announced by the state government.
The upgrade will include new overtaking lanes and up to 18 kilometres of flexible road safety barriers and rumble strips to prevent head-on collisions and run-off-road crashes on one of Victoria's most notorious sections of road.
The upgrade will also build up to seven overtaking lanes to enable motorists to pass one another safely, widening and sealing the road shoulder and ensuring safe local access to properties.
There have been 159 crashes on this section of Melbourne-Lancefield Road over the past five years, including five fatalities.
Work on the project is due to start later this year and will take approximately 12 months to complete.
Melbourne-Lancefield Road is one of 20 key roads identified in the government's Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, which will see $340 million invested into areas with a history of serious crashes on more than 2500 kilometres of rural and regional roads across the state.