| November 19, 2017

Old Dookie Road upgrade officially done and dusted

• Upgrades to Old Dookie Road officially complete and open to traffic
• Works involved 700 metres of pavement rehabilitation
• Project to cater for future freight traffic growth and see less trucks in central Shepparton

Shepparton motorists now have a stronger transport network following the completion of works on the Old Dookie Road pavement, which form the first stage of the Shepparton Alternative Freight Route Enhancement Package.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and take heavy vehicles off local streets.

“Old Dookie Road is a key freight and logistics route for the industrial areas of Shepparton, so this upgrade will help attract new investment in local industries while improving road safety for heavy vehicles and motorists alike,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum, who officially marked the completion of the works earlier today, said he was pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the region.

“In addition to its $2.25 million investment in this enhancement package, the Australian Government has committed a further $10 million to roundabout upgrades on Old Dookie Road in partnership with the Victorian Government, which are expected to further improve safety and efficiency on the road,” Mr Drum said.

Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said the completion of this first stage of the Enhancement Package involved rehabilitating around 700 metres of pavement between Mitchell Street and Doyles Road.

“Residents of Greater Shepparton and commercial businesses can take advantage of the new road connecting the east Shepparton industrial zone to the Shepparton Alternate Route, allowing for future growth in traffic volume and assist in reducing the number of heavy vehicles travelling through central Shepparton,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

Construction to remove the existing roundabout and signalise the intersection at New Dookie Road and Verney Road is expected to begin in mid-2018. The Australian Government committed $2.25 million to fund the project, in partnership with the Greater Shepparton City Council.

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