A 12-kilometre section of the Princes Freeway between the Western Ring Road and Hoppers Crossing is the riskiest section of rural highway in Victoria, a risk assessment of the state’s country highways conducted by RACV has found. A total of 150 crashes were recorded on this section between 2010 and 2014.
The 36-kilometre section of the Goulburn Valley Highway between Numurkah and the NSW border was second riskiest, with the 20-kilometre stretch of the Western Freeway from the Western Ring Road to Melton (Deer Park Bypass) taking third place. Fourth is the 38-kilometre stretch of the Princes Freeway from Nar Nar Goon to Warragul, followed by the 36 kilometres of the Western Freeway/Highway between Ballarat (Sunraysia Highway) and Beaufort.
RACV’s manager, roads and traffic, Dave Jones, has called on state and federal governments to provide funds to improve the quality of the roads.