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Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has increased her pressure on the Victorian Government to fix the dangerous Tatura-Murchison Road as a matter of urgency.
During this parliament sitting week Ms Lovell again raised the issue of the deplorable condition of the C357 Tatura-Murchison Road, after having raised the matter in the previous sitting week as well.
Ms Lovell told the Minister for Roads and Road Safety that the road needs to be addressed immediately, and asked him to fund a full upgrade of the road rather than just spot-fixes.
“The Tatura-Murchison Road is a major arterial road connecting the Goulburn Valley Highway at Murchison East to all the cities and towns north-west of Tatura,” Ms Lovell said.
“It is regularly used by a high volume of vehicles, including heavy vehicles, and parts of this road are among the worst of regional roads that I’ve driven on in recent times.”
Ms Lovell said potholes, loose stones, broken and narrow – or non-existent – shoulders and poor road markings make the road, particularly a stretch between the Tatura township and Dhurringile prison, both dangerous to road users and damaging to vehicles.
“Regular users of this road have had enough,” Ms Lovell said.
“Local residents have started petitions, which have already received hundreds of signatures, calling for the road to be rebuilt.
“Locals tell me that the best this road has received in many years is spot repairs to fix bits of the road at different times, but these repairs inevitably fail and are not able to withstand the volume of road use and natural conditions that contribute to significant wear and tear on this road.
Ms Lovell said that locals are calling on the road to be completely rebuilt to suit modern conditions, including high traffic volumes, heavy vehicles and significant wet weather.

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