Easter road safety boost for Dukes Highway

27 March 2013

More than 40 kilometres of wide centreline treatment has now been installed along the Dukes Highway, providing a boost for road safety over the Easter long weekend.

Road Safety Minister Michael O'Brien said the new wide centrelines, mainly between Yumali and Keith, bring the total length of wide centreline treatment on the Dukes Highway to more than 75km.

"The installation of these wide centrelines in time for Easter will help improve safety for motorists who are travelling along the popular Adelaide-Melbourne route," Mr O’Brien said.

 "Between 2006 and 2010, 90 per cent of fatalities were the result of vehicles crossing onto the wrong side of the road, running off the road or hitting an oncoming vehicle.”

Mr O’Brien said wide centreline treatments provide an extra warning for motorists when they inadvertently cross into the path of oncoming traffic.

"They consist of two parallel centrelines painted 1.2 metres apart, with a raised audio tactile surface that generates a vibration and rumbling sound when driven across,” Mr O’Brien said.

"This sound alerts drivers if they are drifting towards the wrong side of the road, while the 1.2m separation between lanes allows drivers time to correct and return to their lane before entering the path of oncoming traffic.

"If drivers fail to correct their direction of travel when crossing the first line, the second centreline will provide a further warning that they have left their lane.

"While the installation of these new wide centrelines substantially improves safety, I do remind all road users to take care this Easter, drive safely to the conditions and please rest when tired."

An additional 8km of wide centreline treatment is still under construction between Keith and Bordertown. Motorists should note there will be traffic restrictions in place and the speed limit will be reduced to 80km/h over several kilometres east of Wirrega due to no road line markings.

Wide centreline treatment is one of a number of strategies aimed at reducing road trauma on the Dukes Highway. Others include new overtaking lanes, removal of roadside hazards, installation of rest areas and road safety barriers.

This project is funded by the Federal and State Government’s joint $100 million expenditure on the Adelaide to Melbourne corridor.

For further information call the project team on 1300 728 274 or visit Infrastructure website.

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