| November 21, 2017

Federal funding approved to deliver safer Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga

• Australian Government approves $10 million to upgrade the Murray Valley Highway
• Crashes expected to fall by up to 40 per cent due to safety works
• The project will upgrade intersections, rest areas, shoulders and install safety barriers

The Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga will undergo significant upgrades to improve safety and cut travel times through northern Victoria.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the jointly funded $20 million project would commence in coming months and delivered on the Coalition’s 2016 election commitment.

“These upgrades to the Murray Valley Highway, which is an important transport corridor connecting Robinvale in north-western Victorian to Barnawartha in north-eastern Victoria, is expected to cut crashes by up to 40 per cent,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said more than 130 kilometres of the highway would receive vital upgrades to improve safety.

“Victorians are four times more likely to die on rural roads compared to those in metropolitan Melbourne. We’re upgrading our regional roads to save lives,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said project works would involve construction of a new roundabout, intersection upgrades, access road and rest area improvements, shoulder sealing, new safety barriers and other improvements.

“Upgrading the road surface to cope more easily with heavy vehicles means less frequent closures of sections for maintenance, resulting in regional industries being more competitive in inter-regional and interstate markets,” Mr Drum said.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the upgrades would make a huge difference to the thousands of drivers that use this section of the highway every day.

“We’re making Victoria’s regional highways safer for local communities, tourists and the freight industry,” Mr Gepp said.

Construction on the project is due to begin in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion by mid-2020. The $20 million project is jointly funded, with the Australian and Victorian governments each committing $10 million.

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