WITH road work season underway, local motorists have been reminded to understand the role they play in keeping road workers safe.
Sale road worker Daniel Wight said his work environment is unpredictable and called on his local community to have a change of attitude this summer.
“I would be the first to admit that I wasn’t aware about road works and the speed limit around them as much as I should have been before I started in this industry six years ago,” he said.
“However once I started working, my attitude changed rapidly.
“I know that not everyone could work as a road worker, but I would like to say to drivers in my community that we are on the road for you and we want to get off the road just as fast as you want us too.
“Working from the Sale depot, we are all locals and have lots of friends and family in the region.
“We are all passionate about infrastructure and road safety in our immediate road network.
“Everyday, we and our families are putting trust into the people on our roads, most we will never meet.
“It is such an unpredictable work environment and we just want to get home safely like everyone else.”
With a busy summer ahead, VicRoads encourages road users to slow down around work sites, be patient and plan their journeys through VicTraffic.
VicRoads Eastern Regional director Scott Lawrence said each day there will be more than 2000 Victorian road workers over hundreds of sites across the state.
“The community has asked us to ensure the roads are safe to drive on and they’ll see us out there working to do just that, but with that comes a concern for the safety of our workers,” he said.
“We are asking all motorists to make sure they get home safe and sound.
“Since 2012, there have been 37 injuries to our workers on road work sites, so safety is a serious issue.”
Mr Lawrence said VicRoads is responsible for more than 22,500 km of road across the state.
“This summer, we will re-surface 735 kilometres and in total spend $84 million on resealing and resurfacing across the state,” he said.
“In the Gippsland region, 14 sites along the South Gippsland Highway will be resealed, 24,000 square metres of the Princes Highway will undergo road rehabilitation works and a number of roads in the Baw Baw area will undergo significant longer term repairs.
“There are times when we can’t complete a job in a single day and speeds will stay reduced, even if there are no workers on site.
“This is to keep you and your family safe as the road conditions have changed.”
VicTraffic is available through http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ and downloadable via the App store.