WORKS around Echuca’s worst intersection have been delayed.
VicRoads started pedestrian safety upgrades at the Hare and Heygarth street intersection about three weeks ago, which included relocating underground services.
‘‘We have encountered some underground pipes that we were not previously aware of and these are currently being investigated,’’ VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said.
‘‘While this has slightly delayed the works schedule, we are still able to work on other areas of the upgrade.’’
The intersection, which caters for about 11,000 vehicles a day, is being redesigned to allow larger pedestrian waiting areas at each of the entry points and wider pedestrian refuges within the road to safely help people unable to cross the road in one sequence.
New line marking and on-street parking bay improvements are also being done.
‘‘At this stage, the upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of July, pending the outcome of our investigations into the underground pipes and subject to favourable weather,’’ Mr Kersting said.
Motorists are advised minor delays could still be experienced during this time and reduced speed limits and traffic management are in place.
The $500,000 rebuild is part of the Building Our Regions Program and jointly funded by the Victorian Government ($350,000) and Campaspe Shire ($150,000 cash and in-kind support).