Tenders called for major Shepparton intersection upgrade

Media Release

WT271/2015

21 August 2015

Joint release with:

Jaclyn Symes

Member for Northern Victoria

Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Tender submissions are now being sought for construction of a $7.5 million dual-lane roundabout which will ease traffic congestion, reduce delays and improve connectivity through Shepparton.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the roundabout will be built at the intersection of Doyles Road and the Midland Highway at Shepparton East.

“Shepparton is a major regional hub which relies on a strong, flexible road network to meet existing and future transport needs. This upgrade is a key part of keeping the region moving,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said an upgraded roundabout will be a good traffic solution for the intersection.

“Both the Midland Highway and Doyles Road carry significant heavy vehicle traffic and this intersection is operating at full capacity during the morning and afternoon peaks,” Dr Stone said.

“These upgrade works will increase the capacity of the roundabout to handle any traffic, as well as duplicate the approaching road lanes, and therefore increase capacity and safety for all road users, including cyclists.”

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said Doyles Road was part of the bypass route of the Goulburn Valley Highway for north-south traffic between Melbourne and Brisbane.

“The road can carry more than 8,000 vehicles each day, around 35 per cent of which are trucks,” Ms Symes said.

“The Victorian economy relies on the freight industry and this improvement to road infrastructure will ensure freight can move between various locations safety and efficiently.”

The Australian Government will provide $5.625 million and the Victorian Government $1.875 million to the Midland Highway—Doyles Road Intersection Upgrade project 

Contractors can submit a tender application with VicRoads up until Wednesday 16 September 2015.