Walsh calls for safety upgrade at dangerous Echuca intersection
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has questioned the Andrews Labor Government over its failure to include the intersection of Mary Ann Road and Denmark Road next to the Murray Valley Highway east of Echuca as part of the current works taking place.
Mr Walsh said that despite the Labor government investing $20 million to address safety concerns along the highway between Yarrawonga and Echuca, this intersection has been overlooked.
“Locals know this is a dangerous intersection and drive accordingly, but their hearts race each day as they transverse from their homes to the highway.
“The risk has compounded significantly over recent years with new rural residential housing estates opening up, increased volumes of heavy vehicle traffic from the Denmark Road factories, and increased traffic volumes travelling in and out of Echuca from Kyabram, Tongala and Shepparton on business days.”
“On behalf of the residents of south east Echuca I wrote to the Victorian Minister for Roads to raise their concerns.
“The Minister responded that the current funding allocation is fully committed and the project will be considered in future funding programs.
Mr Walsh said this is simply not good enough.
“With Brown Road entering the highway from the opposite direction, the intersection is a tragedy just waiting to happen.
“I share the very strong conviction of locals that we must do everything in our power to decrease the danger at the intersection before someone is injured or killed.”