Major Shepparton East intersection upgrade complete
24 August 2016
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety
Federal Member for Murray
A major upgrade to one of Shepparton's key freight corridors is now complete with today's official opening of the Doyles Road-Midland Highway Intersection Upgrade.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project had seen the former one-lane roundabout upgraded to a dual carriageway that would benefit the transport industry as well as everyday motorists.
“The previous single-lane roundabout experienced high traffic volumes from all directions during the morning and afternoon peaks, and was unable to cope with the high demand for U-turn movements from the east,” Mr Chester said.
“The upgrade also includes new duplicated lanes leading up to the intersection.”
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan thanked motorists for their patience during works on the upgrade.
“The community has been extremely patient while these works were carried out and now they will be able to see the benefits of improved traffic flow and reduced delays,” Mr Donnellan said.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said improved freight efficiency would support many industries across the Goulburn Valley, contributing to the region's economic prosperity.
“The new intersection will cut journey times, reduce traffic delays and minimise congestion, while connectivity through Shepparton will be enhanced with improved access to major freight routes for commercial vehicles,” Mr Drum said.
“Travel reliability along this busy stretch of road will be greatly improved because of this new roundabout.”
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the project had also improved the safety for all users, with provisions made for pedestrians and cyclists to access the roundabout.
“We are delivering the projects that benefit country communities in this state and ensuring Victorians get where they need to go quicker and safer.”
The Australian Government provided $5.625 million and the Victorian Government $1.875 million to the upgrade.
Minor works such as landscaping will continue over the coming weeks and are expected to be completed by the start of October.