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Friday, 10 February 2017

GETTING IT DONE: UPGRADING LOCKWOOD CROSSING

The Andrews Labor Government is fixing the intersection of the Calder Alternative Highway and Bendigo-Maryborough Road near Lockwood with works starting next week.

The $3.8 million upgrade is boosting safety by replacing the current staggered T-intersection with a roundabout to help address the poor crash history.

Once the roundabout is completed visibility and safety at the intersection will be improved. The intersection will also cater for the heavy vehicles that frequently operate through this intersection.

The new roundabout will help reduce the number and severity of accidents, while providing an important balance between safety and mobility, taking the surrounding rural landscape and local nearby property access.

The Calder Alternative Highway is an important bypass for Bendigo, carrying a high proportion of commercial vehicles.

Since July 2011, there have been eight crashes on this road, resulting in 11 people being injured and one fatality.

Construction of the new roundabout is scheduled to be completed towards the end of 2017.

The upgrade is part of the Labor Government’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, which is an important and targeted program to help reduce the number of crashes on our roads.

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards Member for Bendigo West

“One life lost is one life too many and that’s why we’re making the Lockwood Crossing safer while still being able to cater for freight vehicles that frequently use this intersection.”

“This intersection has two arterial roads and the new roundabout will make it safer for everyone as it will ensure drivers slow down as they approach.”

 

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