Highway upgrade will cut freight costs says Albanese

By: Jason Whittaker


Newly duplicated lanes on the Arcadia section of the Goulburn Valley Highway will cut road freight costs and boost competitiveness,

Newly duplicated lanes on the Arcadia section of the Goulburn Valley Highway will cut road freight costs and boost competitiveness, according to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Anthony Albanese.

In a joint announcement with Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas, Albanese said the duplicated lanes would open this Thursday, which would bring immediate benefits to the trucking industry.
"Upgrading this section of the Goulburn Valley Highway will reduce interstate freight costs between Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and improve the competitiveness of the fruit export industry within the Goulburn Valley Region," Albanese said.

The Goulburn Valley Highway forms part of the AusLink National Network between Melbourne and Brisbane and is recognised as the main freight route serving Melbourne, Shepparton and Brisbane.

Albanese said the Arcadia section formed part of the ongoing duplication of the Goulburn Valley Highway under the Australian Government’s AusLink Program.

"The Arcadia duplication project extends from the Murchison East Deviation at Murchison-Violet Town Road through to Ross Road, south of Shepparton," he said.

The Arcadia duplication involves the construction of 11 kilometres of duplicated carriageway, a rest area and landscaping.

"While the new lanes will open to traffic on Thursday, work will continue for another couple of months to improve the existing road, build a cattle underpass and upgrade the intersections with local roads," Albanese said.

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