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Friday, 24 February 2017

Construction on the $86 million Ravenswood Interchange is ramping up this week with the removal of a dangerous right-turn from the Calder Alternative Highway to the Calder Highway.

Drivers are being urged to be aware of changing traffic conditions as they will no longer be able to cross over from the Calder Alternative Highway and head towards Melbourne along the Calder from today.

Once complete, the Ravenswood Interchange will become a Victorian-first elevated circular roadway that will separate freight and slow-moving traffic from faster moving traffic.

Truck drivers will no longer have to stop, wait in the median and accelerate to join traffic to enter the Calder Highway as they head towards Melbourne.

A temporary U-turn arrangement will be in place until the new interchange is complete and a signed detour will be in place for Melbourne-bound traffic on the Calder Alternative Highway.

Drivers will need to turn left and travel north on the Calder Highway to use the new, temporary u-turn near Bullock Creek and on to the Calder Highway southbound.

The Ravenswood Interchange will contribute up to 800 jobs to the local economy.

The Commonwealth Government is providing $45 million and the Victorian Government $41 million. It will be completed by late 2017.

Quotes attributable to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester

“This milestone is a sign of safer and more efficient improvements for the region and the freight and transport industries for years to come.”

“Upgrading this major interchange will improve safety for all road users, boost efficiency for freight transport and deliver long-term economic benefits to Bendigo and the northern Victoria region.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“This new interchange is contributing around 800 jobs to the local economy while providing a much needed safety boost for the growing Bendigo and Castlemaine communities and the 13,000 drivers who use these roads every day.”

“With freight transport expected to double on our roads by 2025, this upgrade will deliver vital improvements to benefit regional road safety and the local economy for decades to come.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We’ve seen this stretch of road claim two lives and seriously injure seven people since 2009 – something needed to be done to make it safer for drivers.”

“The new interchange will remove the need for local residents to find a gap and take risks as they join fast moving traffic.”

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