New lanes for over­tak­ing

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THE Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment is adding over­tak­ing lanes on the North­ern High­way be­tween Echuca and Rochester to give driv­ers a quicker, safer jour­ney along the busy freight and tourist route.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp an­nounced the $5.8 mil­lion in­vest­ment, which will de­liver two new, over­tak­ing lanes around 8km south of Echuca and 3km north of Rochester.

The new lanes will sep­a­rate pas­sen­ger and freight ve­hi­cles, pro­vid­ing safer over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, im­prov­ing traf­fic flow and re­duc­ing travel times.

Im­prov­ing the North­ern High­way is vi­tal to Vic­to­ria’s farm and freight in­dus­tries, which use the road to con­nect with sup­pli­ers and other busi­nesses in New South Wales, Bendigo and Mel­bourne.

There have been nine crashes on this sec­tion of the North­ern High­way in the past five years, in­clud­ing two as a re­sult of over­tak­ing.

“Over­tak­ing be­tween Echuca and Rochester on the North­ern High­way can be dif­fi­cult – our up­grades will make it eas­ier and safer,’’ Mr Gepp said.

“With pas­sen­ger, heavy ve­hi­cles and farm­ing ma­chin­ery all us­ing this stretch of road, we are open­ing up traf­fic by adding more lanes.’’

Work on the project will be­gin in mid-2018.

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