A $2.6-MILLION upgrade of the Kaniva rail overpass on the Western Highway is complete.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the upgrade had increased the load capacity of the overpass for future freight requirements.
“The Western Highway is the key transport corridor serving interstate trade between Victoria and South Australia,” he said.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said trucks comprised almost half of the 2300 vehicles using the Kaniva rail overpass each day, indicating how important it was that this busy freight route was maintained and upgraded.
“The Federal Government is investing in the Western Highway to improve the level of safety, service and freight efficiency,” he said.
“The upgrade of the Kaniva rail overpass has strengthened the bridge deck and installed new safety barriers and guard fences.”
Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder has asked motorists to continue to take care while contractors complete minor clean-up works.
“This was a big project on a major highway with large traffic volumes,” he said.
“Contractors reduced the impact on drivers by working on one side of the overpass at a time, but we do thank motorists for their patience during the seven months of works.”
The upgrade was part of the $48.45 million Western Highway upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian border, which is funded through $40 million from the Federal Government and $8.45 million from the State Government.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty welcomed the completion of this major upgrade on the Western Highway at Kaniva.
“Our roads are important connectors, not only for freight but also for the community,” he said.
“The people of Kaniva and district will be pleased to see the upgrade to the rail overpass completed.”
The Western Highway upgrade involved improvements to rest areas, bridge strengthening, culvert replacement and the construction of overtaking lanes.