Another Overhead Sign Has Fallen On A Melbourne Freeway
Less than two months after a Melbourne driver was lucky to escape major injury when a giant road sign fell and crushed her car, another sign has fallen on the same busy freeway.
A gantry identifier -- a sign used to identify freeway gantries -- fell between the Bell St and Napier St exits of the Tullamarine Freeway on Friday.
From above the centre median, luckily the sign fell onto the grass with no damage to vehicles, a spokesperson for toll operator Transurban confirmed to 10 daily.
"This is clearly unacceptable," the spokesperson said in a statement.
"Our crews worked through the night to physically inspect all gantry identifiers on CityLink installed as part of CityLink Tulla Widening Project. As a precaution we removed some for further inspection.
"We have instructed CPB Contractors, the builder who installed the signage, to complete a thorough investigation into the cause immediately."
The CityLink Tulla Widening Project made upgrades to this stretch of freeway about 12 months ago.
The gantry identifier is a smaller sign than the one which landed on top of Nella Lettieri's car on January 8 while she was driving near Essendon Airport to collect her daughter.
The mother-of-three suffered neck pain and extensive bruising.
At the time, delivery director at the Major Roads Project Authority (MRPA) Graeme Chambers described the collapse as an "extremely rare situation".
"It has somehow failed where the connection is to the overhead gantry," he told radio station 3AW the day after the incident.
Preliminary findings of an investigation involving the MRPA, Transurban, their contractor and VicRoads revealed 'stiffener plates' inside the gantry that provide additional support for the sign had "not been installed according to the approved design".
Two other gantries -- one on the West Gate Freeway and another on CityLink -- were removed last month after it was found they too were missing the steel plates.
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