The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading a major Bendigo intersection to boost capacity and make it safer and easier for drivers to navigate.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced the Labor Government is investing $784,000 to upgrade and remove the frustrating bottleneck at the High, Don and Myrtle Street crossroads.

As part of the upgrade, the north bound lanes on High Street will be widened to make way for the extension of the existing right turn lane into Myrtle Street.

Currently during peak-hours, drivers wanting to turn right often queue into the through lanes of traffic, causing congestion.

Safety will also be boosted for cyclists with the addition of a new cycling lane along High Street (between Violet Street and Don Street), resurfacing the existing asphalt pathway for pedestrians and the construction of a new pedestrian island on Violet Street.

High Street will remain open with reduced lanes and traffic management in place, with some resurfacing scheduled at night to minimise inconvenience to users and ensure the safety of workers.

Works will be underway in May and are expected to be completed by mid-2018, subject to weather.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“As central Bendigo grows, we’re getting on with the job of making sure locals can get home sooner and safer.”

“This new, improved intersection will make a big difference, with drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all benefitting from the upgrade.” 

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP