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Cann River is set to become a critical tourism hub and road safety feature, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Mr Chester said a $2.66 million upgrade of a major junction of roads and streetscapes at Cann River was almost completed and would encourage more travellers to take a break.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland checked on progress at the site over the weekend.

“Drivers are already using the Princes Highway roundabout while the finishing touches, including landscaping, are completed,” Mr Chester said.

“The new roundabout is improving traffic flow and further slowing down vehicles as they come into town, improving safety for all road users and pedestrians and providing direct road safety benefits.

“This project will also help Cann River to capitalise on its location and encourage people to take a break from driving, have a walk around town and grab a bite to eat before continuing their journey.”

Bairnsdale-based road construction company Cranes Asphalting & Bitumen Sealing undertook the road works.

The project is part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ $60 million investment in upgrading the Princes and Monaro highways under the Rural and Regional Roads package.

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