WORK on a new roundabout and improved streetscape in Rosedale is nearing completion.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester predicted the project would lead to safety and economic benefits.
Mr Chester announced $1 million from the federal government when he was Infrastructure and Transport Minister to redesign the roundabout on the Princes Highway to improve road safety and heavy vehicle access. The state 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 the 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.”
Wellington Shire Council contributed $500,000 to the Rosedale Revitalisation Project.