6 September 2017 - Media release
Design concept plans for the Northern Highway entrance into Echuca are progressing following a public information session last week.
Campaspe Shire Council Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston, said the concept plans were developed for the major entry point into Echuca showing formal service roads on both sides of the highway, from Fehring Lane north through to the Ogilvie Avenue roundabout.
“About 40-45 community members joined representatives from council and VicRoads at the information session and staff are now working through suggestions raised,” Cr Weston said.
Some of the suggestions included:
- Additional pedestrian crossing points
- Modification to the service road access points from the highway on the east side
- Extension of the plans to include connection through to the aged care facility at the corner of Fehring Lane (Bupa)
- Traffic lights at the Rose Street / McSwains Road / Northern Highway intersection
- Relocation of the proposed truck parking bays on the east side
The community expressed concern at the quality of the road surface along Northern Highway.
“VicRoads advised the group that a reseal of the road surface was planned for later this month which was welcomed news for all,” Cr Weston said.
The concept plans detail the location of the service roads, kerb returns and entry points into the highway, footpaths and centre medians. The plans also outline drainage direction and the potential staging of future works. The information session was held to assist in informing the community of the project, respond to questions, and get suggestions for consideration in the next stage of the project.
“Detailed plans and costings will now be completed to support the works required.”
“With plans and costs in hand, council will be well placed to seek funding needed to complete the works,” Cr Weston said.
Any works on the main road (Northern Highway B75) will be the responsibility of VicRoads, while the service roads adjacent to the main highway will fall to council, landowners and developers of adjoining land.
“Attendees who registered for ongoing updates to this project and will be kept informed as it progresses,” the Mayor added.