Major works get started to improve the Calder Freeway—Station Road intersections at Gisborne

Media Release

DC016/2016

11 March 2016

Joint release with:

Senator Scott Ryan

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Senator for Victoria

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Mary-Anne Thomas

State Member for Macedon

The Australian and Victorian Governments today announced the start of major improvement works to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersections of the Calder Freeway-Station Road near Gisborne.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was providing $5 million and the Victorian Government $1.7 million to fund the $6.7 million Calder Freeway—Station Road intersections upgrade.

"This project will upgrade key Station Road/Calder Freeway connections between Morrow Road and Webb Crescent," Mr Chester said.

"These works will benefit a lot of drivers. On an average day more than 16,000 vehicles use Station Road at this location."

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said we're guaranteeing regional jobs with the locally-based contracting company Newnham Earthmoving who was recently awarded the contract to carry out the major upgrade.

"Station Road (Gisborne-Kilmore Road) connects with the Calder Freeway near the outskirts of Gisborne and currently traffic that exits the Freeway via off ramps has to give way at Station Road," Mr Donnellan said.

"There is increasing demand on the road network from more trucks, local residents and cyclists which has impacted traffic flow at the interchange and these upgrades will make the road network safer and more efficient."

Senator for Victoria, the Hon. Scott Ryan, said there would be extensive improvements to the local road network.

"Works will include the construction of two new roundabouts, located at the on- and off-ramps on either side of the Calder Freeway for both Bendigo- and Melbourne-bound traffic, as well as a new four-lane section of Station Road under the Calder Freeway," Senator Ryan said.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said the Victorian Government was working to improve one Victoria's busiest corridors and boost the regional economy.

"These intersections provide an important north-south link between the townships of New Gisborne and Gisborne, as well as key transport links between centres such as Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong," Ms Thomas said.

"This major upgrade to these busy intersections includes new bike and pedestrian paths and better ramp connections between the Calder Freeway and Station Road, as well as new plantings of trees around the new roundabouts to enhance the entrances to New Gisborne and Gisborne."

The new intersections are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.