New lane passes muster

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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.

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