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Calls for upgrades to busy heavy vehicle thoroughfare

A deteriorating stretch of road in northern Victoria that sees high volumes of heavy vehicles is in desperate need of attention.

That’s according to State Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, who is calling on the Victorian Government to provide funding to repair and upgrade the southern section of Ross Street in Tatura, a town in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley region.

Lovell says the condition of the road surface between Hogan Street and the Tatura Racecourse is extremely poor and needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

In a constituency question to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne in State Parliament recently, Lovell said that Ross Street through Tatura forms part of the C357 arterial road and is the main thoroughfare for many heavy vehicles transporting goods to Melbourne.

“The road surface of Ross Street between Hogan Street and the Tatura Racecourse is littered with potholes caused by the substantial number of heavy vehicles using the road each day,” Lovell said, adding that the roundabout at the intersection of Ross and Hogan Streets is also broken up in several places.

“Nearby residents have reported they have trouble sleeping because of the noise of vehicles hitting these potholes and I urge the Minister to fund a full upgrade this section of Ross Street that will adequately cater for the types of vehicles that use it.”

She says upgrades need to reflect the quantity and type of vehicles that regularly use the road – including the high number of heavy vehicles.

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