Notorious Ravenswood intersection to get upgrade

THE Calder and Calder Alternate Highway intersection at Ravenswood and the Don and Barnard Street intersection in Bendigo will receive safety upgrades.

State Member for the Northern Victorian region Wendy Lovell made the $648,000 funding announcement today.

Upgrades for the Ravenswood intersection will include more signs and an extended curb while traffic signal changes at the Bendigo intersection will mean motorists can only make a right-hand turn from Barnard Street.

“The Calder and Calder Alternate Highway intersection is one of some notoriety in the local community, due to an unfortunate number of serious injury crashes there in recent years, including a fatality,” Ms Lovell said.

“There is a significant crest on the Calder Alternate Highway that restricts sight distance for motorists as they approach the intersecting Calder Highway.

“This issue will be addressed with measures such as improved warning signage and skid resistance on the approach to the intersection and an extension of the kerb.

“As part of this funding, the intersection of Don Street and Barnard Street in Bendigo will also be improved by altering the traffic signals to display a fully-controlled right turn.

“Directing road users to make right turns from Barnard Street only when a green arrow is displayed will help minimise the risk of collisions.”

Earlier in the year the notorious Ravenswood intersection missed out on funding during the state budget.

Ms Lovell said the funding for the safety upgrades would come from the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.

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