Contract awarded for upgrade to major intersection in Shepparton

Media Release

WT370/2015

16 November 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads,
Road Safety and Ports

Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Jaclyn Symes

Member for the Northern Region

Recivil Pty Ltd has been awarded the $7.5 million contract to upgrade the Midland Highway/Doyles Road intersection at Shepparton East.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said RECivil will build a new roundabout at the busy intersection which will ease traffic congestion, reduce traffic delays and journey times.

“Greater Shepparton is a major regional centre and as such is reliant on a strong, reliable road network that will meet existing and future transport needs. The intersection forms part of the bypass route of the Goulburn Valley Highway for north-south traffic between Melbourne and Brisbane, and this project will ensure freight can move between various locations safely and efficiently,” Mr Truss said.

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the project would deliver wide ranging benefits for the state, including improved freight efficiency and a better road network for the local community.

“The project will see a dual-lane roundabout built at the intersection of Doyles Road and the Midland Highway at Shepparton East, along with duplication of the lanes leading to the intersection. The upgrade will not only benefit heavy vehicles, but will enhance safety for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone welcomed today's announcement.

“It is great to see the roundabout upgrade on Midland Highway and Doyles Road, Shepparton East now progressing with today's announcement of the successful tenderer being RECivil, which is based in the electorate of Murray. Good traffic flow is essential given the size and number of trucks competing with cars is increasing, and I look forward to seeing the project progress,” Dr Stone said.

Victorian Member for the Northern Region Jaclyn Symes welcomed the project and said all drivers in the area, whether they're locals or visitors, will benefit from safer movement at this busy intersection.

“Shepparton is a busy and vibrant city that attracts shoppers from across northern Victoria and tourists from all over Victoria and inter-state. Greater Shepparton is developing as a major regional hub, including the establishment of new housing developments and industries,” Ms Symes said.

The Australian Government is providing $5.625 million and the Victorian Government $1.875 million to fund the project. Some minor works will start in coming weeks, with more substantial construction works expected to be underway from early next year and completed in mid-2016.