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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The first major works to reduce congestion and boost traffic flow through Bendigo’s Napier Street are underway.

Stage one of the $30.4 million upgrade includes construction of new road surfaces and raised central medians between Kirily Court and Willman Court.

As part of the upgrade powerlines will be run underground, providing the space required to widen the road and improve the overall appearance of Napier Street.

These power works will begin in the coming weeks, with the first section of the upgrade due to be completed later this year.

The upgrade along 2.7km of Napier Street, between Weeroona Avenue and Hall Street, includes an additional lane in each direction and dedicated bicycle lanes.

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading congested roads in rapidly growing regional areas to reduce journey times, improve safety and create jobs.

There’s been extensive community engagement on a variety of features of the Napier Street upgrade, including on-street parking, environmental works and the need to underground powerlines.

VicRoads is working with the City of Greater Bendigo and landscape architects on plans to plant native trees on central medians and within the road reserve to create a boulevard entrance.

Vehicles will be able to travel through the work site under traffic management guidance.  

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan:

“We all know what it’s like to get stuck in traffic on Napier Street, that’s why we’re investing in this major upgrade to improve safety, reduce congestion and cut travel times for the community.”

“We’re fixing Napier Street and building a beautiful new boulevard entrance for Bendigo.” 

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