Midland Highway upgrade to improve freight movement

Midland Highway upgrade will come with 1.35km detour route for high vehicles to improve freight movement

September 7, 2012

A $100,000 upgrade to a railway bridge on Victoria's Midland Highway will come with a detour route for high vehicles to improve road freight movement in the state.

State Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Edward O’Donohue says a 1.35km detour route will be built and electronic warning signals installed at a railway bridge in Castlemaine.

There have been incidents of trucks getting stuck on the bridge, hampering the reliability of freight movement and impacting on road and rail safety.

The Victorian Government says the project will help prevent future incidents and reduce the risk of disruptions to the local community and transport network.

"The Midland Highway railway bridge intersection forms part of the main transport network through Castlemaine and carries an increasing number of freight vehicles, particularly to and from Bendigo," O’Donohue says.

The highway upgrade is due to begin shortly and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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