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Friday, 8 September 2017

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY SAFETY UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting local road users to have their say on boosting safety and improving traffic flow on the Midland Highway between Castlemaine and Harcourt.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced a drop-in session for locals to provide feedback on how to improve the Midland Highway for drivers, industry and cyclists.

Project investigations will focus on a 5.5 kilometre stretch of highway between Downes Road in Castlemaine and the Calder Freeway interchange west of Harcourt.

The highway carries more than 10,000 vehicles every day and is a vital route between Castlemaine and Bendigo.

The project will consider upgrading intersections and improving property access to give drivers better visibility when turning on and off the busy highway.

This has been a key factor in crashes on this route, with 10 of 17 crashes in the past five years on the highway being rear-end collisions.

This project follows on from a new 80km/h speed limit set last year to address community safety concerns.

The $200,000 study is part of the $20 million Planning our Future package, which enables various transport projects to be developed across Victoria over the next three years.

The Community Drop-in Session is at Harcourt Leisure Centre, Binghams Road, Harcourt on Wednesday, 13 September, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

People can also provide feedback online at bit.ly/midlandhwysurvey and find out more about the Midland Highway planning investigation on the VicRoads website.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“The Midland Highway is a vital connection for our community – that’s why it’s so important that locals have input into how we can make this road safer.”

“I’d encourage everyone that uses the Midland Highway to get along to the Community Drop in Session at Harcourt, and if you can’t make it, have your say on the VicRoads website.”

 

 

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