Roads | May 21, 2018
Kealy calls for halt on rumble strip installations
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has been inundated with complaints from local residents deeply concerned about the Andrews Labor Government’s botched rollout of centre line rumble strips on narrow and crumbling country roads.
Ms Kealy raised the matter in Parliament this week, asking the Minister for Roads to immediately halt the rollout of centre line rumble strips until a full investigation into their use and where they are being installed has taken place.
“Local residents have told me that trucks are being forced to drive up the centre of the Borung Highway between Dimboola and Warracknabeal because the sides of the road are so badly damaged trucks simply don’t fit between the crumbling edges and the rumble strips in the centre of the road,” Ms Kealy said.
“I have also heard reports of rumble strips flying off the road when struck by a vehicle, resulting in damage to other vehicles.
“Only a road safety initiative of Daniel Andrews would force heavy vehicles either dangerously off the road or needing to drive up the centre of a road.
“A better option would be to fix the road but this solution seems to be totally lost on Labor.
“The Minister for Roads must immediately halt the rollout of centre line rumble strips until a full investigation into the risk of their use on narrow country roads takes place.
“It is exasperating to watch the out-of-touch Andrews Labor Government spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a botched rollout of centre line rumble strips when our roads are in desperate need of maintenance and repair.
“At the November election Victorians will have a clear choice – a Liberal Nationals Government that has already committed to fully restore the Country Roads and Bridges Fund axed by Daniel Andrews or a Labor Government with a proven track record of neglecting our country roads.
“If elected in November, the Nationals will deliver a better deal for country Victoria,” she said.
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