Delivering better roads in Gisborne
16 September 2014
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads
The Australian and Victorian Governments are getting on with delivering safer and more productive infrastructure in Gisborne, today announcing funding for two new roundabouts on Station Road at the Calder Freeway interchange.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and Victorian Minister for Roads today announced that $6.66 million has been delivered to upgrade Station Road with two new roundabouts at the junctions of the existing freeway access ramps.
“This funding is part of our joint $60 million Regional Freight Roads Programme which will improve the freight network to deliver economic benefits for Victoria and boost productivity, Mr Briggs said.”
“Better roads for Victoria means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.
“The Australian Government is committed to building world class infrastructure throughout Victoria to ensure we create thousands of new jobs and grow the economy more quickly.”
Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said this project will benefit the growing Gisborne area.
“Station Road is an important road which provides the most direct north-south route for road users between Gisborne, New Gisborne and Gisborne South to access businesses and services in the area.
“The route also provides freight operators a connection to centers, such as Bacchus Marsh, Melton, Geelong and Bendigo.
“As many as 15,000 vehicles use this interchange each day, so this project will improve the efficiency of travel between Gisborne and New Gisborne and provide a safer environment for people in the area to access the arterial road network.”
“Between 2009 and 2012 there was 4.2 per cent growth in traffic movements, which was significantly higher than the annual average growth rate of 1.5 per cent between 2002 and 2012, and a considerable percentage of this has been in commercial vehicle movements.”
The Australian Government is contributing $5 million to the project and the Victorian Government is contributing $1.66 million.
Works on the upgrade will commence in 2015.