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Lasers Installed To Stop Drivers Hitting This Bridge

The State government has invested $1.2 million into a brand new warning system will be turned on today, at one of Melbourne's most dangerous locations for truck crashes.

The Napier Street Bridge in Footscray has been hit by over 70 oversized vehicles in the last 5 years.

There's already 28 different warning signs and 7 different height detection devices surrounding the crossing, however, the bridge is still a hotspot for collisions.

The Andrews government has announced that a new warning system, which uses lasers will be able to quickly detect oversized vehicles and stop regular collisions.

Labor MP Luke Donnellan spoke with the Herald Sun, and said that the new system will help to reduce collisions.

“That’s why we’ve invested in this Victorian-first technology to stop drivers before they hit the bridge and divert them on to an alternate route,” Mr Donnellan said.

“We’re investing in the infrastructure our community needs to create safe suburbs and take trucks off local roads — the West Gate Tunnel, Port Rail Shuttle project and this hi-tech solution to prevent bridge strikes.”

The high-tech detection system was announced in October last year, launches today.

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