A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will provide $45 million to upgrade the Calder Highway/Calder Alternate Highway interchange near Ravenswood, improving the safety of this key intersection and freight corridor.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said this funding commitment continues the record infrastructure investment the Rudd Labor Government is making in Victoria.
“The Ravenswood interchange is a key intersection and carries a high volume of heavy vehicles and cars. Upgrading this interchange will make it safer for the thousands of motorists and truck drivers who travel from Melbourne to either Bendigo or Mildura every day,” he said.
“When we released the Federal Budget in May, I foreshadowed we would be adding further projects to our next Nation Building Program. I am delighted to confirm the Rudd Labor Government will provide $45 million to upgrade this intersection."
“The Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, briefed me on this issue when I was in Bendigo last month. She has been a fierce advocate for this project and instrumental in securing this funding commitment.”
Ms Chesters said this is further proof the Rudd Labor Government is delivering for the region.
“This is great news for the electorate and the region. I've been a strong advocate of the upgrade of the Ravenswood intersection on the Calder,” she said.
“Road safety is an issue that is often raised when I am out in the community meeting people. That's why last month when Minister Albanese was in Bendigo I raised this as a priority for the region and my first term.
“This is an issue that requires coordination and prioritisation by all levels of government.
“Should I be elected, I would work closely with the Calder Highway Improvement Committee and both levels of government to improve the standard and safety of this vital transport link.”
This commitment comes on top of the $200 million investment in the Calder Freeway that has been completed under this Federal Labor Government.
Already, the Rudd Labor Government is investing a record $13.5 billion to improve Victoria’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure. Under this government, annual infrastructure spending has more than doubled from $89 to $201 per Victorian.
Funding for this project would be provided from the Nation Building 2 Program, which is already included in the Budget. The funding is conditional on the Victorian Government providing $41 million dollar towards the upgrade.