A $694,000 funding boost for road safety on a section of Mount Dandenong Road at Kilsyth and Montrose was announced today as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Safer Road Infrastructure Program.

Member for Kilsyth David Hodgett MP said the project will address a history of crashes on a two kilometre section of road between Durham Road and Canterbury Road.

“This section of road carries a high volume of traffic wanting to access popular places like Lilydale, Monbulk and Mount Dandenong,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The upgrade includes line marking improvements such as the installation of raised reflective markers, the installation of new street lighting, replacing rigid light poles with impact absorbing poles and a reduction in the speed limit.

“Reducing the speed limit from the current 70km/h to 60km/h will make the speed limit more consistent with surrounding roads, and will ensure that everyone is travelling in the safest environment possible.”

Liberal Candidate for Monbulk Mark Verschuur said that the Safer Road Infrastructure Program has been designed to deliver simple improvements that can make a significant difference, and that is exactly what this project will do.

“The two casualty crashes, one of which was a serious injury crash that occurred at this site in the five years to December 2013 were due to drivers running off the road and hitting stationary objects, so the improvements we are making will make a significant difference,” Mr Verschuur said.

Work on the project is due to start in late 2014 and will be complete by mid 2015.