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A busy intersection in a growth area of Traralgon will undergo a $1 million re-build to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists.

The Federal Government is contributing $800,000 to improve the intersection of Tyers Road, Scrubby Lane and Cross’s Road. The Victorian Government will provide the balance.

Local MP Darren Chester said the funding would boost the amount of Federal Government money already provided to improve local roads in Latrobe City.

“A disproportionate number of people are killed on rural roads and we need to do what we can to prevent this loss of life,” Mr Chester said.

“An important part of that is ensuring our road infrastructure is as safe as possible, including in busy, high traffic areas.

“I have campaigned for improved road safety across Gippsland for locals and visitors for many years and it’s good to see progress on these types of projects is continuing to move ahead.”

The money for the Tyers Road/Scrubby Lane/Cross’s Road intersection was allocated through the $97 million Targeted Road Safety Works initiative for Victoria.

The initiative provides funding for road safety upgrades in regional areas, including improvements at high-speed, high risk intersections and new safety measures around schools.

Work on the intersection, which is adjacent to the Traralgon Cemetery, is due to start in May next year and be finished by December.

Mr Chester last week announced the Federal Government would provide $202.6 million to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale, with the State Government contributing $50.6 million.

In May, Mr Chester said Latrobe City will receive an extra $1.7 million to spend on roads and infrastructure improvements under the Federal Government’s $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program.

And late last year, Mr Chester revealed Latrobe City Council would receive an additional $1.7 million under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program to improve road safety.  This means Latrobe will now receive just over $10 million under this program until the 2023-24 financial year.

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