Farmers, regional transport companies and locals using the Calder Highway will soon have a safer and easier journey with construction starting on the Yeungroon Road intersection near Charlton.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $2.1 million project would improve safety and visibility for drivers using this important north-south corridor.
“We’re investing in the nation’s regional roads to support our agricultural industry and regional communities,” Mr McCormack said.
The upgrade will provide a safer journey for almost 1,800 drivers using the intersection each day by installing dedicated turning lanes, safety barriers and new lighting.”
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford said the project would benefit those transporting produce and freight between farms and market.
“We’re investing in strategic corridors such as the Calder Highway near Charlton to keep Victorians moving,” Ms Pulford said.
Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster said the widened layout and dedicated turn lanes would make life safer for the many drivers relying on this stretch of the Calder Highway each day.
“Hundreds of heavy vehicles navigate this intersection every day so this upgrade will make a considerable difference,” Dr Webster said.
The project is funded as part of a $20 million package to increase safety on the Calder Highway between Mildura and Marong with the Australian and the Victorian Governments each contributing $10 million.
Traffic management will be in place with reduced speeds of 40 kilometres per hour for the safety of road workers and the community until the project’s completion in June 2020.
The Calder Highway will be reduced to one lane to enable the project to progress, minor delays are expected. Where possible crews will assist those moving agricultural machinery through the work site.