The dangerous condition of the Murchison – Tatura Road is again in the spotlight with the Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell calling on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety to commit funds for a complete upgrade of the road.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in Parliament, Ms Lovell said the latest works on the road had proved to be ineffective and was typical of the Andrews Government ‘quick fix’ approach towards repairing country roads.
“After months of advocacy on the issue, I finally received an undertaking in March that resealing of part of the Murchison – Tatura Road would be carried out but it is clear this most recent work is similar to previous works on the road; spot repairs that prove insufficient for the large volume of users that travel the road on a daily basis,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said the recent work had caused dips to appear in the road and potholes had already formed at either end of the resealed section and it was time a full upgrade to address all safety concerns was completed.
“As well as the condition of the road, thick vegetation on either side of the road prevents proper drainage, causing large pools to form on the road when it rains,” Ms Lovell.
“This creates a dangerous situation for motorists travelling at the zoned speed limit of 100 km/h.”
Ms Lovell pointed to large table drains that run along Murchison – Tatura Road which prevent drivers from pulling over in an emergency situation.
“There have been incidents where motorists have had to pull over quickly and their vehicle has fallen into one of these drains,” Ms Lovell said.
“That is why I have requested the Minister to commit to funding a full upgrade of the Murchison – Tatura Road that reflects the quantity and type of vehicles that use it now and in the future.”