The Victorian Government has announced the contract for $20 million upgrade for Victoria’s Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga has been awarded to Avard Civil Pty Ltd.
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the works will also provide a boost for local jobs, with the contract being awarded to the Victorian company.
“As well as making this section of the highway safer, we’ve awarded the contract to a local Bendigo contractor which supports regional businesses and creates local jobs,” Mr Gepp said.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the $278,000 intersection component is a key part to upgrade this section of the Murray Valley Highway.
“The Murray Valley Highway has one of the highest numbers of crashes in Victoria and half of these take place at intersections – that’s why we’re making Wyuna safer for all drivers,” Mr Donnellan said.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said as part of the upgrade, a traffic island would be built to improve visibility at the intersection.
“This change to the layout of the intersection will also provide more space for interstate and regional freight traffic travelling to North and North-East Victoria,” Mr Drum said.
Future works will include additional intersection upgrades, access road and rest area improvements, shoulder sealing, and new safety barriers to make the 130 kilometres between Echuca and Yarrawonga safer.
The upgrade has been jointly funded by the state and federal governments, each committing $10 million.