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A $2 million upgrade of the Rosedale roundabout to improve road safety on the Princes Highway is now finished.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said approaches to the roundabout had been reworked after a series of accidents near the Rosedale Hotel to make the roundabout safer for motorists and pedestrians.

“There have been long-standing safety concerns around the tight turning circle for trucks turning left along the Princes Highway toward Sale, with large trucks forced to make that turn from the right-hand lane,” Mr Chester said.

“The newly finished intersection has a free-flowing left-turn lane for eastbound traffic to separate heavy vehicles from other traffic on the roundabout.

“It also includes a safe pedestrian crossing point on the western side of the roundabout.”

Mr Chester was able to secure $1 million from the Federal Government toward the Rosedale roundabout when he was Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The project has been funded through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP). The Victorian Government provided matching funding.

Mr Chester said the new roundabout complemented other construction projects being undertaken in Rosedale. The Federal Government and Wellington Shire Council are providing $1.5 million for streetscape works and new facilities at Willow Park.

“Local businesses rely on pass-through traffic and it’s important we give tourists a reason to stop and spend in Rosedale,” Mr Chester said.

“These upgrades will enhance Rosedale’s reputation as a ‘RV-friendly town’ and encourage more people to stop and enjoy what the town has to offer.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrade would deliver a safer and more efficient route for truck drivers, other motorists and pedestrians.

“In addition to vastly improving safety at the intersection, the $2.09 million upgrade will improve freight productivity and provide better traffic flow for local and visiting motorists alike,” Mr McCormack said.

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