Work on a new roundabout and improved streetscape in Rosedale is nearing completion with safety and economic benefits predicted by local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester announced $1 million from the Federal Government when he was Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to redesign the roundabout on the Princes Highway to improve road safety and heavy vehicle access. The Victorian Government provided matching funding of $1 million.
“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 new design has a free-flowing left-turn lane for eastbound traffic, with the aim of separating heavy vehicles from other traffic on the roundabout.
“This will significantly improve safety for all motorists.”
The upgrade includes a safe pedestrian crossing point on the western side of the roundabout and improvement to the approaches to the roundabout.
Mr Chester said the roundabout was part of a package of works to revitalise Rosedale.
The Federal Government has also committed a further $1 million for streetscape works and new facilities at Willow Park Campground.
“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 off on their way to destinations further east.”
The Rosedale roundabout has been funded through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Commission Program.
The Rosedale Revitalisation Project has been funded by $1 million from the Federal Government’s Local Infrastructure Fund, with Wellington Shire Council also committing $500,000 to the project.