Joint Media Statement
22 February 2017
A major safety upgrade to the Princes Freeway and Sand Road intersection at Longwarry has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $28.7 million project meant a much safer journey for the 25,000 vehicles which use the intersection each day.
“This interchange was one of regional Victoria’s worst black spots, with 60 crashes between 2000 and the end of 2015, resulting in three fatalities and several serious injuries. The intersection is now much safer, with new entry and exit freeway ramps seamlessly connecting local townships and service centres,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said travel would be safer, easier and faster for road users between Gippsland and Melbourne along the Princes Freeway.
“The interchange includes two new roundabouts on either side of the freeway and new entry and exit ramps providing improved access to the Princes Freeway, Sand Road and the service centres,” Mr Broadbent said.
“A major benefit of this project is the reinstatement of the 110 km/h speed limit, after it had been reduced in 2009 to 80km/h for the safety of motorists. The raising of the limit is welcome news to motorists and freight operators alike and will create a more consistent journey.
“This has been a major infrastructure project for the region and I congratulate all those people who have played a part.”
Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing welcomed the project’s completion ahead of schedule.
“The local community told us they wanted this intersection fixed, and we’ve done the work to make it safer and more reliable for everyone,” Ms Shing said.
“The new overpass will boost safety for people using Sand Road by separating them from the fast-moving traffic on the Princes Freeway.”
Construction on the interchange started in October 2015. The Australian Government contributed $21.5 million and the Victorian Government $7.1 million to the project.