Craigieburn road upgrades boost safety and productivity

Media Release

WT324/2015

08 October 2015

Joint release with:

Adem Atmaca

Mayor of Hume City Council

Scott Ryan

Senator for Victoria

Craigieburn's roads are now safer for motorists and pedestrians, with an upgrade to the intersection of Craigieburn Road and Hanson Road complete and works on the nearby Potter Street upgrade well underway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $790,000 Craigieburn Road and Hanson Road intersection project had involved installing traffic signals and pedestrian crossings, and reconfiguring the approach to the intersection.

“The Australian Government provided $612,342 and Hume City Council $177,658 towards the project which will provide better access to the CBD for more than 30,000 motorists every day,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for Victoria Scott Ryan conducted today's official opening and said safety and congestion at the intersection had been significant concerns for the Craigieburn community.

“To reduce turning issues, works on Craigieburn Road's western approach to the intersection have allowed for a left turn lane, through lanes, a U-turn lane and a median island,” Senator Ryan said.

“Anti-skid asphalt overlay has also been installed on the intersection and approaches to increase safety for drivers and other road users.”

Senator Ryan said the nearby Potter Street upgrade was proceeding well.

 “Works on this $895,000 project have been underway since April. It is one of five projects being funded under Round four of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme in Victoria, with combined Australian Government funding of $3.6 million,” Senator Ryan said.

Mayor of Hume City Council Adem Atmaca said the Australian Government was providing $358,000 to the Potter Street upgrade project funding, and Council $537,000.

“Works at Potter Street will include earthworks, drainage, improved pavement, new kerbing, and channel and culvert widening to improve safety and access for heavy vehicles,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The upgrade will improve access to Sydney Road, the Hume Highway and the M31 for 20 businesses along Potter Street. These projects together are an excellent example of governments working side-by-side on identified regional priorities.”

Works on both the Craigieburn Road and Hanson Road Intersection upgrade and the Potter Street upgrade began in April 2015. The Potter Street Upgrade is expected to be finished mid next year.