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CALDER HIGHWAY MOTORISTS SEE WELCOME RELIEF WITH NEW INTERCHANGE OPENING

Monday, 26 March 2018

 

·         Major interchange upgrade opens at Ravenswood, south of Bendigo

·         The upgrade will reduce congestion and improve safety for freight and motorists travelling to Melbourne

·         $86 million project jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments

 

The Ravenswood Interchange has opened to traffic, giving drivers on the Calder Highway safer and less congested drive south of Bendigo.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $86 million Ravenswood Interchange project would benefit freight operators and motorists alike.

 

“This important upgrade will improve the efficiency and safety for motorists travelling between Mildura and Melbourne, allowing vehicles to continue through the interchange safely without stopping,” Mr McCormack said.

 

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the project had delivered a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of the Calder Highway and Calder Alternative Highway and two new freeway carriageways from Bullock Creek to Ravenswood Creek.

 

“The project widened existing bridges and culverts, constructed new service roads and removed various uncontrolled at-grade intersections, vastly improving safety at what was previously a challenging junction,” Mr Donnellan said.

 

Victorian Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the new circular design will cater for an expected 60% increase in traffic across the nearby road network over the next 30 years.

 

“This innovative design is a Victorian first, boosting safety for drivers and ensuring the interchange meets our community’s needs now and into the future,” Ms Allan said.

 

Victorian Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the project complemented the nearby upgrade of the existing Jock Comini Rest Area.

 

“This is fantastic news for drivers and industry across central Victoria, by providing a safer, less congested and more efficient connection for the whole community, ” Ms Edwards said.

 

The interchange, located 16km south of Bendigo, forms part of a vital connection linking many regional centres across Victoria’s north.

 

The Australian Government committed $45 million and the Victorian Government a further $41 million to fund the Calder Highway – Ravenswood Interchange project.

 

With major works now completed, some ongoing minor works, including landscaping, will continue on-site until mid-2018.

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