The Federal Government has announced construction of new intersection upgrades on the Calder Highway would commence later this month as it looks to reduce the risk of crashes across sites in the Sunraysia region.
Works at the Hattah-Robinvale Road intersection and Mildura's 17th Street would improve traffic flow and reduce the number of crashes which totalled 13 over past five years according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.
“The roundabouts are part of a joint $20 million investment in boosting safety on the Calder Highway from Mildura to Ouyen and improving conditions for freight and transport on the intersecting Sturt Highway,” he said.
Local residents had been asking for improved safety measures at these locations according to Anne Webster Federal Member for Mallee.
“It will also make life easier for the 280-plus heavy vehicles that pass through the intersections each day,” she said.
“As both the Calder and the Sturt highways serve as key links to important domestic and international trade markets, these upgrades will make it easier and safer for the region’s primary producers and freight operators to access trade opportunities,” said Webster.
Victorian Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford said the new intersections would slow vehicles to safer speeds and guide traffic in one direction.
“Our research data indicates that intersection upgrades reduce the chance of crashes by up to 85 percent and when crashes do unfortunately occur, they are likely to be at lower speed and reduced severity,” she said.
“The design of the 17th Street intersection upgrade also incorporates the capability to be converted to a double-lane configuration should the volume of traffic increase in the future.”
Works on the projects are expected to be completed in early 2020.
The $20 million Calder Highway – Bendigo to Mildura Upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.
(Image: Michael McCormack).