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$10.8 million roads funding bonanza for Euroa

19 September 2014

A $10.8 million investment in 12 projects aimed at improving driver safety, pedestrian safety and road maintenance in Euroa was announced today by Minister for Roads Terry Mulder.

“We are here today to let Euroa locals know there will be a number of safety and maintenance projects going on in the region,” Mr Mulder said.

“These 12 projects will see long-term repairs to damaged sections of roads and improve safety in high-risk areas to reduce crashes.”

Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said that five key areas with a high crash history are set to be upgraded under the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP).

“The intersection at Winton will receive $2.75 million for the design and building of a roundabout where the Hume Freeway and Benalla-Winton Road meet,” Ms Ryan said.

SRIP projects include:

  • $1.26 million for sections of the Heathcote-Rochester Road between Chamberlaine Road and Tooleen-Cornella Road near Cornella, to install more than three kilometres of new steel guard rail and nearly two kilometres of rumble strips on edgeline-marking, and to remove hazardous roadside objects;
  • $1.05 million to address the history of crashes where drivers run off the Northern Highway at Lady’s Pass; 
  • $440,000 to reduce the number of crashes involving vehicles turning right from the Northern Highway (Powlett Street) into Rutledge Street in Kilmore, by installing a dedicated right turn light at the traffic lights, extending the right hand turn lane, as well as resurfacing the intersection to improve its skid resistance; and
  • $395,000 to install approximately 300 metres of wire rope safety barriers and nearly two kilometres of rumble strips on edgeline-marking, to remove hazardous trees on the roadside and to extend drains beneath the Midland Highway near Corop.

Mr Mulder also announced $75,000 worth of safety improvements for students at Benalla Primary School.

Ms Ryan said the speed limit at the school crossing point along the Midland Highway (Mansfield Road) near the Waller Street intersection is set to be reduced to 40km/h during school hours.

“I’m sure this safety improvement will be welcomed by parents and the wider school community,” Ms Ryan said.

“The installation of the signs will start in the summer school holidays to allow time to plan and install the new signs.”

Mr Mulder said that part of the $10.8 million in Euroa roads funding announced today involves a number of significant road maintenance projects.

“These six projects are part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Repair and Restore program,” Mr Mulder said.

“Projects under the Repair and Restore program involve digging up sections of the road surface and rebuilding them so that they are much stronger and water resistant, as well as making the road much smoother for all road users.”

The Repair and Restore program for Euroa includes:

  • $147,000 for a 500 metre section along the Northern Highway near Elmore;
  • $395,000 for an 800 metre section along Bendigo-Redesdale Road near Eppalock; $1.2 million over a 1.3 kilometre length, located at the intersection of the McIvor Highway and Axedale Quarry Road at Axedale;
  • Two locations along the Goulburn Valley Freeway at Mangalore ($366,000) and Tabilk ($315,000);
  • $1 million for a number of key locations along the 40 kilometre section of Hume Freeway from Kalkallo to Broadford; and
  • $774,000 for approximately 3 kilometres on the Heathcote-Rochester Road near Murchison & Colbinabbin. 

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