Upgrades to part of a Victoria highway classed as “high risk” have been carried out to improve safety.

Left-hand side and centreline flexible safety barriers have been installed along 21km of the Midland Highway between Buninyong and Clarendon as well as an additional overtaking lane in each direction.

The section of the Midland Highway was identified as one of Victoria’s most high-risk regional roads. In the five years to 2017, eight people were injured and tragically, one person lost their life.

The intersection of the Midland Highway and Clarendon-Lal Lal Road, and the Midland Highway and Scottsburn Primary School have also been improved with new turn lanes, traffic islands and additional signage.

The $23.1 million upgrades are part of a $1.4 billion investment in road safety.

“Everyone has a role to play in road safety,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll.

“We’ve made the Midland Highway safer and urge every driver to make safe choices on the road – adjust your speed, wear your seat belt and ignore distractions.

“We know safety barriers and road infrastructure save lives, which is why we’re investing in upgrades like this to reduce the number of people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.”