Round­about set to be re­placed

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

A pro­gres­sively busy north Shep­par­ton round­about is set to dis­ap­pear and be re­placed by traf­fic lights to re­lieve con­ges­tion and boost safety in the com­ing years.

Works are likely to be­gin next month.

Nearby res­i­dents have been no­ti­fied that works will soon start on an upgrade of the Ver­ney Rd, Bala­clava Rd, New Dookie Rd and Haw­don St in­ter­sec­tion.

The coun­cil is con­fi­dent the upgrade will re­duce de­lays and im­prove safety for ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil will host an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Tues­day af­ter­noon for in­ter­ested res­i­dents wish­ing to pro­vide in­put or find out more about the project.

A let­ter to res­i­dents ex­plains that the in­ter­sec­tion will ul­ti­mately be­come sig­nalised as part of the works.

The upgrade aims to im­prove traf­fic flow in the area, pro­vid­ing ‘‘on­go­ing ben­e­fits’’ to north Shep­par­ton’s growth.

The bus in­ter­change will be re­lo­cated from Bala­clava Rd to Haw­don St as part of the works to ac­com­mo­date the plan for the in­ter­sec­tion.

All four ap­proaches to the in­ter­sec­tion will have mod­i­fi­ca­tions as a re­sult of the upgrade.

City en­gi­neer Phil Hoare said it would be a ma­jor project for coun­cil and that the con­struc­tion pe­riod would be sig­nif­i­cant.

‘‘There will be im­pli­ca­tions for those who live near or travel through this area and we want to dis­cuss and man­age this im­pact the best we can,’’ Mr Hoare said.

‘‘The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to com­mence those dis­cus­sions.’’ The bus in­ter­change re­lo­ca­tion and some ser­vice re­lo­ca­tion works will mark the first stage of works.

A coun­cil state­ment said in­ter­sec­tion and pave­ment works would fol­low with mod­i­fi­ca­tions to all of the roads around the in­ter­sec­tion to ac­com­mo­date the im­prove­ments.

● The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on in­ter­sec­tion upgrade at Ver­ney Rd, Bala­clava Rd, New Dookie Rd and Haw­don St, will be on Tues­day from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Bourchier St Pri­mary School, Main Hall, Bourchier St, Shep­par­ton. Dur­ing the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion there will be large-scale maps of the area of works and de­tails on the mod­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able to view.

Nec­es­sary: Coun­cil is con­fi­dent the upgrade will re­duce de­lays and im­prove safety for ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans.

Ve­hi­cle man­age­ment: The upgrade aims to im­prove traf­fic flow in the area.

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