CITY of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann is “delighted” by news the Ravenswood interchange will be upgraded.
Mr Niemann said improvements to the deadly intersection had been on the agenda for more than 10 years.
“It’s a terrific outcome,” he said.
“It means the project will proceed and that’s great for the region.
“It’s a very important announcement from both parties.”
Mr Niemann said it was one of highest transport safety issues in the region.
“While the Calder Alternate Highway has been around for many years the volume of traffic has increased and duplication has led to more traffic,” he said.
“So there are more incidents and a greater safety risk.
“It’s a timely announcement of funding.”
Calder Highway Improvement Committee chairman David Pollard described the announcement as “bloody fantastic”.
“It will be fantastic for road safety for that area,” he said.
“It will make it easier for commercial vehicles to pass through that interchange on their way to Melbourne. It will make it a lot easier for the CFA and emergency services who have to pull people out from vehicles.
“With a bit of luck it will lower their call-outs.”
Mr Pollard said he believed the changes would open up northern Victoria.
Mr Niemann said the project had been on the council’s funding wish list ahead of the election, with the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre and airport redevelopment the top two priorities.
“We’d still be hopeful there would still be funding for those projects that council has identified as priorities,” he said.
“We’ll continue to advocate for those through the election and it’s up to the parties to determine what their priorities are.
“We’re advocating on behalf of the community to try to get some of the federal money back into the region.”