The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the 7km section of the Calder Highway between Red Cliffs and Irymple from a two-lane to a four-lane carriageway.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Roads Ben Carroll in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell sought funding for work that will provide two lanes for motorists in both directions, easing congestion and making the stretch of road safer for motorists.
In her contribution Ms Lovell said that members of the local community had also raised with her safety concerns regarding the intersection of the Calder Hwy and Belar Avenue Extension, with reports that up to six collisions had occurred at the intersection in the past two years.
As well as State Government funding to upgrade the road from Red Cliffs to Fifteenth Street and Ginquam Ave, Ms Lovell also asked Mr Carroll for a commitment that a safety audit will be conducted at the Belar Ave Extension intersection with the highway to improve safety for motorists.
There have been six collisions at the intersection in the last two years, the latest just two weeks ago, when two drivers narrowly escaped serious injury.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Calder Highway between Red Cliffs and Irymple has seen a dramatic increase in traffic over the years and the Andrews Labor Government needs to fund the duplication of the road and make it a four-lane carriageway.
“I also call on Minister Carroll to order a safety audit on the intersection of the Calder Highway and Belar Ave Extension, which is a notorious for collisions in the last two years and upgrade the intersection as part of the overall project.”
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