Roundabout for problem highway intersection

Road improvements: A new roundabout is set to be built on the Murray Valley Hwy in an effort to improve road safety. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

A new roundabout is set to be built at the Murray Valley Hwy and Cobram-Koonoomoo road intersection.

The conventionally-constructed roundabout will be suitable for B-triple trucks, cars and other heavy vehicles alike to help them safely pass through the intersection.

It is expected to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for more than 5000 vehicles passing through each day, including over 500 trucks.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the intersection could be tricky for smaller vehicles to safely enter as many trucks used the Murray Valley Hwy on a daily basis.

“A new roundabout will maintain high safety standards as we’re also removing redundant culverts, as well as installing better lighting, and improving signage and line marking,” Mr Gepp said.

Another exit will be constructed at the north-east side of the intersection in preparation for future development.

The $3.5 million safety upgrade is funded by the Victorian and federal governments’ Targeted Road Safety Program, which is providing $105.7 million to deliver infrastructure and urgent road-safety improvements.

The program is also designed to accelerate deliveries of new infrastructure projects, road safety improvements while supporting construction jobs and COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said the project would help Victorians get home safe and sooner while supporting the economy through jobs during the project.

“Cobram’s population growth is expected to grow and upgrades like this are making the town safer for the thousands of daily local drivers, freight operators and tourists who pass through each day,” Mr Carroll said.

The upgrades are being managed by Safer Roads in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).