Thousands of residents and freight drivers in Northern Victoria will soon have better journeys on the Northern Highway in Strathallan – with maintenance now underway to build a smoother and more durable road.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said that road crews began work yesterday to rebuild an almost two kilometre stretch of the highway as part of a $1.75 million project funded as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s annual road maintenance blitz.
More than 5,500 vehicles travel on the Northern Highway every day and it serves as a key freight route between Bendigo and Echuca. The road also supports thousands of tourists each year travelling to Echuca Moama each year for holidays.
Temporary reduced speeds and traffic management will be in place and drivers are asked drivers to adhere to the changed conditions.
More than $80 million in road maintenance will delivered across northern Victoria this season, supporting jobs on the ground as well as throughout the supply chain.
About 516 kilometres of roads in the region will be upgraded thanks to the roll out of maintenance work – including rebuilding sections of key freight routes such as the McIvor Highway at Junortoun and Airport Road at Kerang.
Works on the Northern Highway improvements will be finished by early April, weather permitting.
To keep track of this project or to find out what other works are underway, visit: www.regionalroads.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We know how important the Northern Highway is to the region’s economy for freight, tourism and for connecting our local communities.”
“This project shows our commitment to improving roads across the north of the state builds on work completed on the highway in previous years like the new overtaking lanes between Rochester and Echuca.”