Safety upgrades to install wire rope barriers are more than six months behind schedule on a stretch of one of regional Victoria’s most dangerous roads where two people were killed on Sunday.
The Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road has seen increased traffic flows as the population expands in Melbourne’s west and beyond.
Ten people were killed on the road between 2012 to 2017, prompting the government to fast track a $45 million scheme to install wire rope barriers and overtaking lanes, works that were due to be finished by the end of the year.
But locals say the upgrade is more than six months behind schedule and Sunday’s double fatal in Balliang was just six kilometres away from where the safety barriers have been installed.
Balliang CFA captain Andrew Kerr said firefighters were attending more car crashes than grass fires with some locals repeatedly calling for the road to be widened into a dual carriageway to cater for the increased traffic flow.