By the time you’re on the road, the road can be in need of repair, and even a single piece of road can take months to repair.
A road in Melbourne’s south is now on its third major repair since the beginning of the year.
The road in the city of Adelaide is also at the centre of a major road safety crisis.
On January 13, a man driving a tractor trailer on a rural road in Adelaide’s north was killed and several other people injured when his truck collided with a bus in the Adelaide Hills.
A year ago on January 18, a pedestrian was hit by a train on a busy road in Sydney’s south, with two people seriously injured.
And on July 1, a bus crashed into a building in Melbourne suburb Fitzroy, with another person critically injured.
All three accidents happened in one day.
Victoria is the only state in Australia where the road repairs are ongoing.
But it’s not the only road that’s been in a major repair mode in the past year.
In the last two months, three other roads in the state have had their work done by the Federal Government and some roads in regional Victoria have had major road repairs in the last few weeks.
That means it’s possible to see major road repair progress in other parts of Victoria’s south and south-east, including the state’s north.
State Government and Transport Minister Peter Beattie said he was “surprised” at the rapid progress in Victoria, and said he wanted to make sure the state was doing its part to maintain a high level of road safety.
“We’ve been in the spotlight, we’ve had the media spotlight, and we’ve got the public spotlight,” he said.
“But the good news is we’ve done it in a timely manner, in a way that we can make sure we keep the roadways safe.”
“I am encouraged to see what’s been done in Victoria and I want to make it clear that there will be no excuses, in terms of the work we’ve been doing,” he added.
While Victoria is the worst affected state in the nation when it comes to road crashes, the state is also the biggest in terms a number of major roads.
According to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Victoria has the fourth highest number of fatal collisions in the country with 7,851, followed by Western Australia with 6,891 and New South Wales with 686.
In NSW, there are about 1,100 collisions per year.
Victoria has only had two fatal crashes in the 21 years since the State Government started using the new road safety standards.
So how can Victoria keep pace with the rest of the country when it came to road safety?
There are two major reasons why Victoria has seen so much work done in the lead up to the Commonwealth’s Road Safety Fund’s funding deadline for the first funding round of the State’s Road Rehabilitation Fund.
One is the work done on road safety infrastructure.
There were five major roads projects in Victoria during the 2016 Commonwealth funding period, with the most recent being the road rehabilitation project in Melbourne.
Another was the construction of the Victoria Power Network (VPN) and the installation of the state-of-the-art, high-speed, low-voltage copper network.
VNP and copper are the state government’s preferred technologies for connecting the state with the NBN.
All of the projects were undertaken by the state, with Victoria receiving $2.6 billion of Commonwealth funding for them, while NSW received $1.8 billion.
However, Mr Beatties comments about Victoria being the biggest state was not just due to the large number of road construction projects and the State government’s funding, but also because the state had the highest number on record for fatal road collisions.
It’s believed that a person killed on a road was more likely to be killed on the freeway, than on a private road.
Mr Beattys statement also mentioned the increased focus on safety for people on the roads.
“The State Government has made it a priority to ensure that road safety remains a priority, with our commitment to invest more than $1 billion into improving road safety across the state,” he wrote in a statement.
He said the State was also taking a number in-principle actions, including developing a national road safety strategy and supporting the creation of an independent body to oversee road safety in Victoria.
With all of the major road infrastructure projects now in the planning stages, it’s hard to imagine Victoria won’t be a major contributor to the next round of funding for road repairs.
This story has been updated to correct the number of fatalities per year in Victoria since 2013.