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VIC Government awards $20M for Murray Valley Highway works

  • Posted on Thursday 7th, June 2018.

The Victorian Government has announced a $20 million upgrade of the Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga  to boost freight productivity and safety.

State Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp, said the works will also provide a boost for local jobs, with the contract being awarded to a Victorian company, Award Civil.

“As well as making this section of the highway safer, we’ve awarded the contract to a local Bendigo contractor which supports regional businesses and creates local jobs,” said Gepp.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said the $278,000 intersection component is a key part to upgrade this section of the Murray Valley Highway.

“The Murray Valley Highway has one of the highest numbers of crashes in Victoria and half of these take place at intersections – that’s why we’re making Wyuna safer for all drivers,” said Donnellan.

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum, said as part of the upgrade, a traffic island would be built to improve visibility at the intersection.

“This change to the layout of the intersection will also provide more space for interstate and regional freight traffic travelling to North and North-East Victoria,” said Drum.

Future works will include additional intersection upgrades, access road and rest area improvements, shoulder sealing, and new safety barriers to make the 130 kilometres between Echuca and Yarrawonga safer.

The upgrade has been jointly funded by the state and federal governments, each committing $10 million.

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