The Andrews Labor Government will deliver half-a-million dollars in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to improve road safety in Bendigo.
Local Labor MP, Jacinta Allan, announced today the Budget will include $350,000 to build a new signalised crossing across the Midland Highway in Huntly, and $150,000 to start vital planning works to upgrade the notorious Strathfieldsaye Road intersection with Tannery Lane.
Both Huntly and Strathfieldsaye are growing quickly, which is increasing the amount of traffic on local roads.
In Huntly, the majority of residents live on the eastern side of the highway and it can be very challenging to cross safely, particularly for children and the elderly.
The Strathfieldsaye intersection is close to the primary school, kindergarten, shops and sporting facilities, and is extremely busy, particularly during school drop off and pick up times.
The funding announced today will improve infrastructure at these key locations, making local roads safer for motorists and residents.
VicRoads will work closely with the City of Greater Bendigo in delivering both projects, to integrate the works with broader plans for the growth and development of these booming regions of Bendigo.
Design options for the Strathfieldsaye intersection will be shared with the local community early in 2016. The installation of the new signalised intersection in Huntly is expected to start at the same time.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan
“Our population is booming and so is the number of cars on our roads, so it’s critical we make these intersections safer for motorists and the local community.”
“Both intersections are close to schools, shops and community facilities and are very busy, particularly at pick up and drop off times.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in better local roads in Bendigo so people can spend less time getting home, and more time with their family and friends.
Reviewed 19 August 2020