The Andrews Labor Government is boosting motorcycle safety across Gippsland with 228 kilometres of safety upgrades, funded from the Motorcycle Safety Levy.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan announced that motorcyclists in East Gippsland will be safer with three new projects to boost safety on roads popular with riders in the region.

$5.4 million of road safety upgrades will deliver safer roads and roadsides along key sections of The Great Alpine Road, Licola Road and Omeo Highway.

These safety improvements will address a history of crashes involving motorcyclists along these regional roads which are popular with riders.

To help keep motorcyclists and other road users safe from run-off road and head collisions rub rail protective barriers will be installed to further reduce risks to motorcyclists who lose control.

Extra signage and guide posts will be installed to alert riders to sharp curves ahead so they can adjust their speed and have better control.

A number of intersecting driveways and roads will also be resealed to improve the road’s surface and stop hazardous gravel spilling onto the road.

Sign post cushions will also be trialled on the Omeo Highway.

Each year more than 29 people are killed and 300 people seriously injured in Eastern Victoria with around 25 per cent of all fatal and serious injury crashes involving motorcycle riders.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said: “We know motorcyclists are over-represented in serious and fatal crashes and that’s why we’re identifying the routes riders use so we can make them safer.”