New overtaking lanes on a dangerous stretch of Midland Hwy are under construction and expected to be complete by the end of the year, VicRoads says.
To improve traffic flow and help safety, the new lanes are being introduced to the key arterial between Bayunga Rd and Minchin Rd, near Tatura.
Minimal lane closures and a reduction to the speed limit is expected during construction, the roads authority says.
Three weeks of road widening to the southern side of the Shepparton-Mooroopna causeway is also planned for later this month, to prepare for safety-barrier installation.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane during this period with five- to 10-minute delays predicted for Shepparton-to-Mooroopna commuters.
Early next year, additional overtaking lanes are planned in each direction for the Midland Hwy near Stanhope and Girgarre East.
The stretch of Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton had previously been named among Victoria’s 20 highest risk roads. Three fatalities, 32 serious injuries and 79 crashes were recorded between January, 2010, and February, 2017, VicRoads had reported.
VicRoads Safe System Road Infrastructure Program director Bryan Sherritt said the community can view and provide feedback on the designs at Mooroopna and Stanhope information sessions scheduled for this month.
Stanhope community information session on Wednesday, November 15, 4pm-7pm, Stanhope Community Hall, Godley Place, Stanhope.
Mooroopna community information session, Saturday, November 18, 10am-1pm, Kids Town Adventure Playground, 7287 Midland Hwy, Mooroopna.