Council receives $1.7m in ‘black spot’ funding

Wodonga Council has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of $1.7 million for the reconstruction of Thomas Mitchell Drive.

The funding, under the federal Black Spot Program, was announced in Wodonga by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and the federal Liberal candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella.

The works will take in the stretch of road from the Jack in the Box Creek crossing to the roundabout at Chapple St.

Traders and residents in the area will be receiving contact from the council in the next few days providing more details of the work.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Rodney Wangman said the funding would answer a need within the community and regular engagement would occur in the lead-up to, and during, the works to ensure a good outcome is reached.

“As our city has grown, so too has the use and demand of our roads and it means changes are necessary to keep our residents safe while moving from place to place,” he said.

“One crash is one too many and over a four-year period this stretch of road was the site of three significant crashes, including, sadly, one fatal.

“Works will aim to minimise risks, improve safety and reduce road trauma in our community.

“We welcome the Federal Government's commitment to the program and the promise that 50 per cent of the funding will go to regional Australia over the next two years.”

Works are scheduled to start later this year and will include a central median, turning lanes and services roads, new kerbs to better define the road as well as street lighting and line-marking for greater visibility.

There is also plans for a bus stop and new pedestrian crossings.