The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety at one of New Gisborne’s busiest intersections, with works almost completed on Stage Two of the upgrade to the intersection of Station Road and Saunders Road.

An extra two car lanes, a bicycle lane and a shared user path are being constructed, with works being done behind safety barriers to limit the disruption to traffic on Station Road.

Once work on this part of the project is finished traffic will be moved onto the two new lanes, which will be open under traffic management. Stage Two works are due to finish in April.

The $11.7 million upgrade will increase safety and improve traffic flow for the 12,000 drivers who use the intersection of every day.

The project will include the installation of new traffic lights, a dedicated right turn lane out of Saunders Road, left turn slip lanes in and out of Saunders Road and a zebra crossing on the Station Road service lane. Station Road will also be duplicated between the freeway roundabout and the intersection.

The project is on top of a $12.5 million investment to upgrade the intersection of Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road and follows projects to install two new roundabouts Station Road at the Calder Freeway Interchange.

The works build on other upgrades targeting difficult intersections across the region, including Barry Street in Romsey, Sutherlands Road in Clarkefield and Melbourne-Lancefield Road at Monegeetta.

Construction began in November 2020 and will be complete in 2022.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll

“We’re fixing some of the most dangerous intersections in the region to ensue people have safer trips throughout the local community.”

“These important upgrades will reduce bottlenecks for the 12,000 vehicles who travel through every day and make it safer for pedestrians as well.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“This project will improve safety and accessibility for families using nearby paths, walking to child and aged care facilities and travelling to Gisborne train station.”

“We thank drivers for their patience while detours are in place and ask that everyone continues to be careful to stick to the speed limit near work sites.”