Thousands of Bendigo drivers will soon have a safer and more reliable journey with works to upgrade intersections along the McIvor Highway beginning this month.
A key route connecting Junortoun to Bendigo and Heathcote with 14,000 vehicles passing through per day, three intersections on the McIvor Highway will be safer for all road users as crews begin work on the first upgrades from Monday, 20 September.
Dedicated right and left-turn lanes and improved street lighting will be installed at the Wilkie Road intersection, along with new safety barriers.
Crews will then install dedicated right and left-turn lanes at Cashens Road and Popes Road intersections to improve sightlines for turning traffic.
Upgrades will also include installing of street lighting at the intersections, safety barriers where required, and an improved bus stop at the Wilkie Road intersection.
The $4.5 million intersection works are part of the jointly-funded Commonwealth and Victorian government Targeted Road Safety Program, dedicating $97.2 million into making our roads safer, creating jobs, and supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund has invested in a range of road safety upgrades across the state, as well as a pedestrian and school safety package.
Each intersection will be subject to some road closures during construction, and detours will be in place. Motorists are advised to plan ahead to and allow for additional travel times.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“We’re making it safer and easier for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to use and cross these busy intersections in Bendigo. These works are not only delivering safer roads but also supporting economic recovery across Victoria.”
“The McIvor Highway is a key route connecting Junortoun to Bendigo and Heathcote used by about 14,000 vehicles every day, as well as walkers and cyclists.”
“Bendigo is growing, and with that growth comes increased traffic volumes, which is why we must continue investing in safety improvements to ensure people can get to where they need to go safely and efficiently.”