VicRoads says they are installing over 190km of the barriers on the Goulburn Valley Highway between the Hume Freeway and Ross Road, south of Kialla.
Road safety infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.
When a vehicle hits a flexible safety barrier, the posts bend at the base and the ropes catch the vehicle like a net. This helps to absorb the impact and shield the vehicle from hitting oncoming traffic, or into roadside hazards such as trees.
Early evidence shows that on the first 20 roads in Victoria treated with flexible safety barriers the total number of deaths and serious injuries caused by head-on and run-off-road crashes dropped by two thirds– from 120 people in 2015 to 41 people in 2019.
However, the evidence is not conclusive and has been debunked in several other studies.
Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia spokesman Damien Codognotto says the trend away from WRBs is damning for authorities that continue to roll out the dangerous barriers.