Ravenswood Interchange works ramp up
17 August 2017
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety
Senator for Victoria
Victorian Member for Bendigo West
Construction on the Ravenswood Interchange is intensifying with a section of the Calder Alternative Highway closed Melbourne-bound for three months from today.
The closure between Bendigo-Maldon Road and the Calder Highway will allow major construction to ramp up on Victoria's first elevated circular road and new carriageways on the Calder Highway.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works were an important step in completing the project.
“Today marks another crucial step towards completing this important project which will change lives and save lives by improving safety on this stretch of road. The new interchange will mean drivers no longer have to stop, wait in the median to find a gap and accelerate to join traffic on the Calder Highway,” Mr Chester said.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the interchange would provide benefits now and into the future.
“This upgrade will make it safer and easier to travel between Bendigo and Melbourne. We know this closure will temporarily cause delays for Melbourne-bound drivers, but this work is vital to building a better road that will serve Victorians for decades to come,” Mr Donnellan said.
Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said once complete, the interchange would be Victoria's first elevated circular roadway separating freight and slow-moving traffic from faster moving traffic.
“Since 2009 there have been two fatalities and seven serious injury collisions at the intersection of the Calder Highway and the Calder Alternative Highway, so this upgrade will play a key role in keeping drivers safe,” Senator McKenzie said.
Victorian Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said local access will be maintained for residents who live on the closed section of the Calder Alternative Highway at all times.
“Safety signage and ‘Local Traffic Only’ signs will be in place. Drivers and local residents wanting to travel to Melbourne should use either Belvoir Park Road or Bendigo-Maldon Road to access the Calder Highway,” Ms Edwards said.
This period of major construction will allow the new interchange to be opened to traffic in time for the peak holiday season.
Drivers, including freight vehicles heading towards Melbourne, should plan ahead and allow an extra 10 minutes of travel time. A signed detour will be in place using Lockwood Road and the Calder Highway and the Calder Alternative Highway will remain open Marong-bound.
The Australian Government has committed $45 million and the Victorian Government $41 million to deliver the Ravenswood Interchange.