Mapping freeway barriers to enhance emergency access


A DETAILED map of breaks on wire safety barriers along the Hume Freeway will be carried out to increase access for emergency service vehicles and personnel.

VicRoads and CFA executives met last week to discuss the roll out and remaining concerns from CFA brigade members.

CFA North East health and safety adviser Justin Tilson told the Wangaratta Chronicle last month about his concerns that members could be put at risk if responding to a bushfire where there is reduced access due to the wire barriers.

More than 700km of wire barriers have been installed along the Hume between Melbourne and Wodonga alone, costing $89 million of the $340 million dedicated by the State Government to infrastructure improvements on high risk rural roads.

The Hume Freeway from M80 Thomastown to Wodonga is one of the state’s 20 highest risk areas identified in the Towards Zero Action Plan.

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