New lane passes muster
ONE of two new overtaking lanes are now open on the Northern Highway between Echuca and Rochester, boosting safety and capacity on the busy freight and tourist route.
Member for northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced the first half of the state government’s $5.8 million project, located 6km north of Rochester, is open to traffic after a new north-bound overtaking lane, flexible safety barriers and road surface were built throughout five months.
Mr Gepp said there have been nine recorded crashes on this section of the Northern Highway in the past five years, including two as a result of overtaking.
“We’re a step closer to making this busy stretch safer for the thousands of drivers who rely on it every day,” he said.
“We all know how frustrating it is to be stuck behind a slow vehicle — these new lanes mean drivers will be able to safely overtake on the Northern Highway.
“These works will make it safer and easier for tourists visiting the new Rochester silos and historic Port of Echuca.”
VicRoads northern Victoria regional director Brian Westley said the project is improving safety and capacity on the road. “The upgrade here will make the road safer for 6,000 drivers and 900 heavy vehicles using it every day,” he said.
Mr Westley said the current focus is on building a south-bound overtaking lane 10km south of Echuca, with works set to take three months.
VicRoads’ Brian Westley, Mark Gepp MP and VicRoads’ Pat Maher at the completed lane.