Shepparton roundabout set to be replaced

By Shepparton News

A progressively busy north Shepparton roundabout is set to disappear and be replaced by traffic lights to relieve congestion and boost safety in the coming years.

Works are likely to begin next month.

Nearby residents have been notified that works will soon start on an upgrade of the Verney Rd, Balaclava Rd, New Dookie Rd and Hawdon St intersection.

The council is confident the upgrade will reduce delays and improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians.

Greater Shepparton City Council will host an information session on Tuesday afternoon for interested residents wishing to provide input or find out more about the project.

A letter to residents explains that the intersection will ultimately become signalised as part of the works.

The upgrade aims to improve traffic flow in the area, providing ‘‘ongoing benefits’’ to north Shepparton’s growth.

The bus interchange will be relocated from Balaclava Rd to Hawdon St as part of the works to accommodate the plan for the intersection.

All four approaches to the intersection will have modifications as a result of the upgrade.

City engineer Phil Hoare said it would be a major project for council and that the construction period would be significant.

‘‘There will be implications for those who live near or travel through this area and we want to discuss and manage this impact the best we can,’’ Mr Hoare said.

‘‘The information session will provide an opportunity to commence those discussions.’’

The bus interchange relocation and some service relocation works will mark the first stage of works.

A council statement said intersection and pavement works would follow with modifications to all of the roads around the intersection to accommodate the improvements.

The information session on intersection upgrade at Verney Rd, Balaclava Rd, New Dookie Rd and Hawdon St, will be on Tuesday from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at Bourchier St Primary School, Main Hall, Bourchier St, Shepparton.

During the information session there will be large-scale maps of the area of works and details on the modifications available to view.