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Let’s talk about the future of the Northern Highway

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September 09, 2017

ADDITIONAL pedestrian crossings and traffic lights are some of the suggestions put to Campaspe Shire Council regarding the Northern Hwy upgrade.

ADDITIONAL pedestrian crossings and traffic lights are some of the suggestions put to Campaspe Shire Council regarding the Northern Hwy upgrade.

At a public information session last week the council were joined by 45 community members to discuss the design concept plans for the entrance into Echuca.

Mayor Adrian Weston said the concept plans were developed for the major entry point into Echuca.

These plans showed formal service roads on both sides of the highway, from Fehring Lane north through to the Ogilvie Avenue roundabout.

“About 45 community members joined representatives from council and VicRoads at the information session and staff are now working through suggestions raised,’’ he said.

Some of the suggestions included:

■Additional pedestrian crossing points.

■Modification to the service road access points from the highway on the east side.

■Extension of the plans to include connection through to the aged care facility at the corner of Fehring Lane (Bupa).

■Traffic lights at the Rose St/McSwains Rd/Northern Hwy intersection.

■Relocation of the proposed truck parking bays on the east side.

The public expressed concern at the quality of the road surface.

‘‘VicRoads advised the group that a reseal of the road surface was planned for later this month which was welcomed news for all,’’ Cr Weston said.

The concept plans detail the location of the service roads, kerb returns and entry points into the highway, footpaths and centre medians.

The plans also outline drainage direction and the potential staging of future works.

‘‘Detailed plans and costings will now be completed to support the works required,’’ Cr Weston said.

‘‘With plans and costs in hand council will be well placed to seek funding needed to complete the works.’’

Any works on the Northern Hwy will be the responsibility of VicRoads, while the service roads adjacent to the main highway will fall to council, landowners and developers of adjoining land.

The concept plans are still available on council’s website for viewing.

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