Bendigo roads feel the pain from heavy rain

DRIVERS have been warned to expect delays when repair works on two major roads damaged during recent wet weather begin next week.

VicRoads has announced that from Monday it will start laying new asphalt on sections of the Calder Freeway and McIvor Highway.

Last week’s heavy rain, which saw more than 75mm fail across Bendigo and its surrounds, has resulted in a number of potholes opening up.

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled the severe weather warning in place for central Victoria after forecast rain failed to fall.

Water levels in rivers and creeks swollen by the deluge and threatening to burst their banks either remain steady or have dropped.

Forecasters are predicting the worst of the weather has passed, with just 10mm of rain tipped to fall in Bendigo for the rest of the week.

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said from Monday crews will be working on the Calder Freeway’s north-bound lanes just south of the overpass to Harcourt.

He said the repairs will be carried out between 7am and 5pm each day for about a week, depending on the weather.

“During this period, motorists will experience minor delays through the area as traffic will be merged into a single lane with 40km/h speed restrictions in place,” he said. 

“Once works are completed, the reduced speed limits that are currently in place will be lifted back to 110km/h.”

Crews will also start work on Monday on a planned three-day job repairing a section of the McIvor Highway, near Junortoun, damaged by the rain.

Mr Kersting urged motorists to be careful when driving through sections of highways undergoing road works.

“Traffic controls will be on site at both the Calder Freeway and McIvor Highway to help minimise delays through the work sites,” he said. “VicRoads thanks motorists for their patience, reminding drivers to obey the reduced speed limits for their own safety and the safety of workers and to plan their trips to factor in minor delays.”

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