The way ahead

IT is a clearer run on the Calder Highway now with the upgraded Ravenswood interchange open to traffic today.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the $86 million project would benefit freight operators and motorists.

“This important upgrade will improve the efficiency and safety for motorists travelling between Mildura and Melbourne allowing vehicles to continue through the interchange at 110 kilometres an hour safely without the need to stop,” Mr McCormack said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the project had delivered a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of the Calder Highway and Calder Alternative Highway and two new freeway carriageways from Bullock Creek to Ravenswood Creek.

“The project widened existing bridges and culverts, constructed new service roads and removed various uncontrolled at-grade intersections, vastly improving safety at what was previously a challenging junction,” Mr Donnellan said.

Senators for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and Jane Hume said the Australian Government committed $45 million and the Victorian Government a further $41 million to fund the project.

“The Australian and Victorian Governments worked closely to deliver this critical infrastructure project. Traffic issues on the Calder Highway are well known to families and local truckies alike and we have listened and delivered this vital upgrade,” Senator McKenzie said.

Victorian Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the new circular design will cater for an expected 60 per cent increase in traffic across the nearby road network over the next 30 years.

“This upgrade will improve safety for the 13,000 drivers who use these roads everyday, and support our freight industry – delivering long-term economic benefits for Bendigo,” Ms Allan said.

With major works now completed, some ongoing minor works, including landscaping, will continue on-site until mid-2018.