EMERGENCY service workers have welcomed planned upgrades to the Ravenswood interchange.
Lockwood CFA First Lieutenant David Hutchings said there were about four incidents at the site each year, the most recent on Tuesday.
He said each car crash stayed with CFA, SES and police members and paramedics long after they left the scene.
“It’s absolutely fantastic news, it’s exactly what we need,” he said.
“I’m sick of having to respond to accidents at that intersection.
“It will be brilliant to not have to get up in the middle of the night and to not deal with the after-effects of an accident at that intersection.
“The funding is awesome.”
Mr Hutchings, who is a community representative on the Calder Highway Improvement Committee, said emergency workers learnt to deal with trauma, but it still affected them.
“It stays with you,” he said.
“There are some types of cars that I see, and it brings back memories of particular crashes.
“The first fatality I saw on the Calder was a Commodore.
“Every time I see that particular make of Commodore it brings it all back to me.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Damian Keegan of Bendigo Police said he hoped changes to the intersection would reduce the road toll.
“There are three or four serious collisions which result in serious injuries there each year,” he said.
“That’s not to say there are other ones that purely out of luck don’t fall into the category of serious collisions.
“We’re still seeing a lot of country people dying on country roads.
“Any funding that can contribute to make the roads safe and ensure our community is safe is welcome.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Keegan said the intersection was a particularly bad area for crashes.
“It’s a combination of improving roads but also improving concentration and compliance with road rules,” he said.
“Hopefully this will lead to a continuing decline in our road toll.”