The Federal and Victorian Governments will invest $20million to increase safety on a 130km stretch of the Murray Valley Hwy from Echuca to Yarrawonga.
The investment comes after members of the community provided feedback to assist in the development of safety upgrades on one of Victoria’s riskiest rural highways.
VicRoads north-eastern regional director Nicki Kyriakou said the feedback would help inform the proposed works.
‘‘More than 130 responses were received from the community feedback process last year, mostly relating to the safety of intersections and a lack of sealed shoulders along the route,’’ she said.
Feedback was sought from community organisations, the freight industry, local government, emergency services, bus and tourism operators and the general public.
Key features of the project include proposed improvements to the Sturt St/Mcmillan Rd and Murray Valley Hwy intersection in Echuca and the installation of a roundabout at the Woods Rd and Murray Valley Hwy intersection in Yarrawonga.
Other works for consideration include further intersection improvements, shoulder sealing, signage and improvements to roadside safety barriers at several locations.
Minor works will begin early this year, with major intersection upgrades due to take place in the 2018-2019 financial year.