Nagambie-Locksley Rd, a key freight route east of Nagambie, is getting a $1million upgrade.
Works started last week on the construction of an additional left-turning lane at the Nagambie-Locksley and McDonalds Rd intersection.
About 1.6km of the Nagambie-Locksley Rd just east of the intersection will also benefit from significant pavement reconstruction works.
The works will enable larger vehicles to turn in a separate designated lane, reducing the likelihood of rear and head-on collisions with turning traffic.
The project, expected to be completed by the end of June, is funded through a $500000 grant from the Victorian Government’s local roads to market program and a Strathbogie Shire Council contribution of $573275.
The local roads to market program aims to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the agriculture sector by upgrading roads, bridges and intersections that are regularly used by large vehicles.
Mayor Amanda McClaren said upgrading the freight network in the Strathbogie Shire was an area council was advocating strongly for.
‘‘Our economy relies heavily on agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, which are highly dependent on an efficient freight network,’’ she said.
‘‘Not only will this upgrade increase the productivity of local industry, it will promote safe travel across the shire and reduce the risk of road accidents.’’
Meanwhile across town, residents could soon have access to a deep-water public boat ramp at Lake Nagambie.
Council recently endorsed the allocation of $100000 from its infrastructure reserve fund for a grant application for the ramp.
The boat ramp has a total budget of $494795, with a $100000 contribution from council, $100000 donation of the cost of the land and a request for $294795 from Department of Transport.
Cr McClaren said the boat ramp would allow for direct access to the Goulburn River when the lake was closed for events and would better position Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre to attract and retain more large-scale events and competitions.
‘‘Lake Nagambie and the Goulburn River will be hosting GoFish Nagambie, Australia’s richest and largest freshwater fishing competition in April 2019,’’ she said.
‘‘A deep-water boat ramp will be required to cater for the thousands of boats that will need to access the waterways over the four-day event.’’
There is no deep-water boat launching facility within the catchment of Nagambie waterways.
As demand for large-scale events increases, the current boat ramps will be unavailable for more days more often, which means recreational users will be unable to access the waterways for extended periods of time.
The outcome of the application is forecast to be determined by the end of the financial year.
‘‘This infrastructure forms part of our broader vision for Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre to become an International Water Sports Centre of Excellence,’’ Cr McClaren said.