A $20 million project to improve safety and efficiency on the Murray Valley Hwy between Echuca and Yarrawonga is underway.
Work started recently on upgrading the Scobie Rd intersection in Wyuna to help reduce crashes at the intersection.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael McCormack said there was a double fatality at the intersection in September, 2017.
‘‘So these works are an example of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving the safety of our regional road networks,” Mr McCormack said.
The upgrade will also boost freight productivity and will make a big difference to about 4600 vehicles in Echuca and 4400 vehicles in Yarrawonga that use this section of the highway daily.
Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said the $278,000 intersection component was a key part to upgrade this section of the highway.
‘‘The Murray Valley Hwy 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,’’ Mr Donnellan said.
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the works would also provide a boost for local jobs, with the contract being awarded to Victorian company Avard 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,’’ Mr Gepp said.
As part of the upgrade, Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said 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,’’ Mr Drum said.
Future works will include more intersection upgrades, access road and rest area improvements, shoulder sealing, and new safety barriers and other improvements to make the 130km stretch of the highway from Echuca to Yarrawonga safer.
The Murray Valley Hwy, Echuca to Yarrawonga upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian and Victorian governments each committing $10 million.