Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists now have a safer and more reliable journey thanks to a New Gisborne intersection upgrade, completed six months ahead of schedule.

The Andrews Labor Government invested $11.7 million to upgrade the Station Road and Saunders Road intersection, which involved the installation of traffic lights, dedicated turning lanes, slip lanes, new street lighting and pedestrian crossings.

The intersection upgrade was a 2018 election commitment to improve safety and traffic flow for all road users and support population and economic growth in the Gisborne area.

The intersection is one of the area’s busiest, with approximately 12,000 vehicles, including 720 heavy vehicles, travelling through it daily.

More than 70 new trees will be planted, and final landscaping works, using a local business, will occur in the coming weeks.

Critical weather-dependent ground stabilisation works were completed early in the project, allowing crews to continue through winter and finish well ahead of the original mid-2022 timeline.

The New Gisborne project is one of a number of road-safety improvements rolling out across the region.

Early works have commenced at the nearby Melbourne Road-Kilmore Road intersection upgrade in Gisborne, with service relocations well advanced to allow for construction in 2022.

The $12.5 million upgrade will improve safety, traffic flow, visibility, and address safety concerns from locals about the intersection.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll

“This upgrade was due to be finished in mid-2022, so to see construction complete and traffic travelling through the intersection six months ahead of schedule is a fantastic outcome.’’

“The Gisborne area is growing, and we need to make sure we keep traffic moving efficiently and safely for the thousands of people who use the intersection each day.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“The traffic lights have been switched on, and the intersection is easier to travel through six months ahead of schedule.”

“Pedestrians who use the intersection to access nearby aged care and childcare, local schools and the railway station now have a safer journey.”