More work needed on road

July 19, 2017

The Tatura-Murchison Rd prior to repair works, which have been announced as being complete.

Despite a recent announcement from the state government that roadworks on the Tatura-Murchison Rd had been completed, residents are concerned there is more work to be done.

VicRoads announced the repair works to a stretch of the road were due to begin in May this year after it had previously indicated the works were due to be completed by March 8 this year.

The repairs came after concerned resident Lisa Niglia began a petition to fix the road in October last year, which quickly gained traction with more than 500 signatures.

Ms Niglia welcomed the announcement that road repair works on the road, near Bitcon Rd between Kiota and Toolamba-Rushworth Rds, had begun earlier this year.

But after a recent announcement by Labor member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes that the repairs had been completed, Ms Niglia said there was still work to be done to the roadside.

‘‘It’s better than the road was,’’ she said.

‘‘But the vegetation still needs to be trimmed and the drainage channels need to be restored.’’

A VicRoads spokesperson said, when the repairs were due to begin in May, the work was expected to take four to five weeks, weather permitting.

They said the works would involve vegetation trimming, drain cleaning, removal of damaged portions of road, road and shoulder grading and road sealing.

Ms Niglia said it was positive the reduced 60km/h speed limit had been restored to 100km/h, but improvements still needed to take place.

‘‘There’s no shoulder space and there’s already divot depressions on the road which have been circled,’’ she said and added she was concerned the works were not completed with longevity in mind.

Ms Niglia originally called for the road to be fixed rather than patched up, a wider shoulder to be laid with space for an emergency stopping lane, frequent mowing along the sides of the road and for it to be bicycle-friendly.

Ms Symes announced the works had been completed last month.

‘‘We’ve listened to what the community has had to say about Murchison-Tatura Rd and we’ve invested in an upgrade that will improve safety for locals and industry,’’ Ms Symes said.

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