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By SARAH SCULLY
Wimmera leaders have welcomed a $20-million Western Highway upgrade to improve road safety between Stawell and the South Australian border.
Redevelopment of a key Horsham intersection is among major works for the project, due to be completed in late 2020.
Horsham Rural City mayor Pam Clarke said she was pleased to see plans to improve the roundabout at O’Callaghan Parade, Stawell Road and McPherson Street.
Pam Clarke.
“It is going to become a ‘teardrop’ intersection, which will make it a lot easier for people to go through it,” she said.
“It will especially benefit interstate travellers, giving them a clear way through Horsham.
“It will also benefit the Horsham community, helping them get through the intersection safely – there are accidents at that roundabout all the time.”
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The Western Highway project is designed to improve driving conditions for motorists, motorcyclists and truck drivers and will include intersection upgrades, slip lanes and road re-
habilitation.
VicRoads acting regional director Mal Kersting said the $20-million program would ‘attend to quite a few problems’.
Mal Kersting.
“We will be reconstructing quite a few sections of the highway, including areas that have been damaged because water has gotten beneath the seal, or by heavy traffic,” he said.
“Our focus will be doing all of these works as quickly as possible.
“We will also be upgrading some intersections to make them safer and easier to use.”
Northern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll said the continued upgrade of the Western Highway was vital for traffic flow in the region.
“It’s critical in encouraging people to come to our region,” he said.
“Apart from Stawell you’ve got Halls Gap and further to Horsham.
“This work is critical if our community and our region is to thrive, so we certainly commend the government for getting on with it again.
“This can only benefit everyone, there’s no doubt about that.”
Tony Driscoll.
Work to upgrade the highway between Stawell and the South Australian border is the latest in a long-term project to improve road safety in western Victoria.
The highway is being progressively duplicated between Ballarat and Stawell.
Bypass planning for Horsham, Ararat and Beaufort is also underway.
Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan, who announced the start of work on the project during a visit to Stawell on Monday, said the latest upgrade would further improve the highway’s safety and reliability.
“Drivers have already seen the benefits of the 55 kilometres of the highway that’s already been duplicated and we’ll continue to build a better Western Highway to support local communities and jobs throughout western Victoria,” he said.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the upgrades would help to significantly reduce the number of serious crashes recorded on this section of the highway in recent years.
“Between 2012 and 2017, there were 102 crashes on the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border, including seven fatalities and 52 serious injuries, which demonstrates why these upgrades are a major priority for the Australian government,” he said.
Early works are underway, with major construction due to start in mid-January.
Cr Clarke called on Wimmera residents and visitors to be mindful of the development.
“There is going to be a lot of work on the highway in the next three years and I’d just like to encourage people to be patient,” she said.

Tony Driscoll, Kevin Erwin, Pam Clarke, Luke Donnellan and Mal Kersting at Westerm Highway announcement in Stawell.

Tony Driscoll, Kevin Erwin, Pam Clarke, Luke Donnellan and Mal Kersting at Westerm Highway announcement in Stawell.

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