Works to boost safety at Shepparton East intersection

Media Release

WT001/2016

05 January 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Jaclyn Symes

Victorian Member for Northern Victoria

Works will soon be underway to upgrade the intersection at Doyles Road and the Midland Highway in Shepparton East, delivering improved safety and connectivity for road users.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $7.5 million project will involve the construction of a dual-lane roundabout and duplication of road approaches to the intersection.

“This upgrade will ease congestion and reduce delays through the provision of a wider turning circle and dual lanes,” Mr Truss said.

“As well as cutting travel times for motorists and freight operators, the new roundabout will enhance safety for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the project was due for completion in mid-2016.

“This project will support the development of Greater Shepparton as a major regional hub, with a road network that will meet existing and future traffic demand,” Mr Donnellan said.

“This outdated roundabout is about to undergo a significant overhaul so all motorists can use it with ease and it will cater for larger heavy vehicles.

Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said the intersection was an important cog in the Greater Shepparton transport network, especially for heavy vehicles, which represent more than a third of traffic at the intersection.

“The current single-lane roundabout is unable to cope with heavy traffic during the afternoon peak, resulting in delays for motorists at the intersection,” Dr Stone said.

“The upgrade will deliver wide ranging benefits not only for local traffic but will assist the movement of freight around the Shepparton industrial area and those passing through.”

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the project was a significant road upgrade for the area.

“It is fantastic to see works start on the ground for a major piece of road infrastructure that has strong support from the Shepparton community, and is being delivered by a locally based contractor RECivil.”

The Australian Government is providing over $5.6 million towards the upgrade, with the Victorian Government contributing $1.9 million.