$20 million will be used to upgrade the Calder Highway from Marong to Mildura, creating safer roads for Victoria’s Mallee region.
The funding which comes in at $10 million each, from state and federal governments respectively, will be used to build two overtaking lanes between Ouyen and Red Cliffs – one south bound and one northbound.
Work will also be undertaken on the Carwarp intersection where almond truck traffic is heavy, and to improve rest areas along the highway.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding is a show of support for people in the region.
“The Coalition Government is getting on with building safer roads right across the nation through our record $75 billion investment in infrastructure, with 2017-18 set to be the single largest Commonwealth infrastructure spend in our nation’s history.
“Constructing new overtaking lanes, as well as improving existing rest areas and building new ones will make the journey safer for truck drivers and all other motorists,” he said.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad applauded the extra funding for the highway and said it was a great result for the residents and industries of the region.
“I drive the Calder Highway a lot and I know firsthand how dangerous it can be.
“This corridor has seen traffic grow by roughly a third over the last five years…it provides a link to the Henty Highway and supports a lot of freight movement from Sunraysia to south-western Victoria.
“Adding these extra overtaking lanes and better rest stops is great for road freight operators and all other motorists, and backs up my rock solid commitment to making roads in the Wimmera and Mallee safer for all drivers,” he said.
Flow towns along the Calder Highway which will benefit from investment include Charlton, Wycheproof, Sea Lake and Ouyen.
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