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Roundabout to be built at notorious Echuca intersection

As part of the construction of the new Echuca-Moama bridge, a $4.5 million roundabout will be built at the Murray Valley Hwy and Warren St intersection.

TRENT HORNEMAN August 1, 2014 3:11am

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting.


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A $4.5million roundabout at a notorious Echuca intersection will be the first tangible step in the bridge construction process.

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said plans were complete for the roundabout at the intersection of the Murray Valley Hwy and Warren St.

Mr Kersting said work was set to start early 2015 and would take about 12 to 14 months to complete.

‘‘There will be temporary provisions in place for traffic management during construction,’’ he said.

Deputy premier Peter Ryan said the roundabout was key to future work with the Echuca-Moama bridge.

‘‘Construction of a roundabout at this intersection is a key component of the second river crossing and a sign of this governments commitment to the project,’’ Mr Ryan said.

‘‘For years the community have been calling for this intersection to be fixed, with four serious crashes occurring here over the past five years, resulting in a number of serious injuries.

‘‘I am pleased to say that we will fix this intersection, and in doing so we are delivering an important first step towards a second river crossing between Echuca and Moama.’’

Mr Ryan said the work was an important safety measure, given it had been the scene of several major accidents in the past four years.

Member for Rodney Paul Weller also welcomed the news.

‘‘Building the roundabout kills two birds with the one stone by delivering important initial construction works for the second river crossing, while providing much needed safety improvements at one of Echuca’s most dangerous intersections,’’ he said.

Campaspe Shire councillor Greg Toll, who travels the road when travelling from his Torrumbarry property to Echuca said the work was long overdue.

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