Kaniva Rail Overpass Upgrade Complete

Media Release

WT016/2013

31 October 2013

Joint release with:

Andrew Broad

Federal Member for Mallee

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Hugh Delahunty

State Member for Lowan

The $2.6 million upgrade of the Kaniva rail overpass on the Western Highway is now complete, with all lanes reopened this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said today that the upgrade had increased the load capacity of the overpass for future freight requirements.

“The Western Highway is the key transport corridor serving interstate trade between Victoria and South Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said trucks currently comprised almost half of the 2,300 vehicles using the Kaniva rail overpass each day, indicating how important it was that this busy freight route is maintained and upgraded.

“The Australian Government is investing in the Western Highway to improve the level of safety, service and freight efficiency,” Mr Broad said.

“The upgrade of the Kaniva Rail Overpass has strengthened the bridge deck and installed new safety barriers and guard fences.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder asked motorists to continue to take care while contractors complete minor clean up works until the end of the month.

“This was a big project on a major highway with large traffic volumes,” Mr Mulder said.

“Contractors reduced the impact on drivers by working on one side of the overpass at a time, but we do thank motorists for their patience during the seven months of works.”

The Kaniva Rail Overpass Upgrade was part of the $48.45 million Western Highway Upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian border, funded through a contribution of $40 million from the Australian Government and $8.45 million from the Victorian Government.

State Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty welcomed the completion of this major upgrade on the Western Highway at Kaniva.

“Our roads are important connectors, not only for freight but also for the community. The people of Kaniva and district will be pleased to see the upgrade to the rail overpass completed,” Mr Delahunty said.

The Western Highway Upgrade involves improvements to rest areas, bridge strengthening, culvert replacement and the construction of overtaking lanes.  It is due for completion in mid-2014.