Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed a bumper investment in regional road works across Victoria, including $20 million for Shepparton District.
The $20 million will fund upgrades of two roundabouts on the Shepparton Alternate Route at Old Dookie and New Dookie roads. The project – jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal governments – will also involve upgrading the feeder roads into and out of the roundabouts as well as road alignment changes.
The Shepparton works form part of a $941 million Victorian Government investment in regional road maintenance announced in this year’s Budget, which will also establish Regional Roads Victoria, a dedicated country roads body within VicRoads.
“The Shepparton Alternate Route is a major industrial thoroughfare for the region and we’ve known for some time that the roundabouts at these intersections can’t safely cater for the high volumes of heavy vehicles that flow through them every day,” Ms Sheed said.
“It’s more than just a safety issue too, it’s also about productivity. Shepparton is a centre of industry, from food production and manufacturing to freight logistics, and we need reliable, high-quality transport infrastructure to be able to grow our economy and share the benefits as a community into the future.
“I understand this project is part of a 10-year regional road infrastructure plan across Victoria that only began last year, so it is so pleasing to see these upgrades being made a priority so early in the piece.”
Ms Sheed said regional and rural roads across the state were too often left to fall into disrepair.
“The poor quality of regional and rural roads is not unique to Shepparton – it has been a problem across the whole of Victoria,” Ms Sheed said.
“It is encouraging to see such a large scale investment being made to road maintenance and a new body established in Regional Roads Victoria that will hopefully be able to lead the charge in getting the necessary upgrades done in a timely manner.”
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