A $1 million upgrade will result in a shared path and improved crossing opportunities for pedestrians along the Kilmore-Lancefield Road and Conway Street in Kilmore.

The joint State Government and Mitchell Shire Council project will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, making it safer for Kilmore families to walk and ride to school.

Regional Roads Victoria will deliver the project and is working closely with the council to finalise designs with works expected to begin later this year.

The announcement follows investigations carried out in 2019 to better understand traffic flow and community needs.

The project comes on top of the government’s regional road maintenance blitz, which includes works on Broadford-Kilmore Road, Broadford-Flowerdale Road and Northern Highway.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the project on Friday.

She said navigating the busy roads in the growing area was becoming increasingly difficult for the many students and families on their way to Kilmore Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School and Assumption College.

“We heard what the school communities had to say and we’re making sure the journey to school is safer and easier for our children and their families,” she said.

“We have fantastic school crossing supervisors in the area but they can’t be everywhere and these works will improve the overall safety of the education precinct.”

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor David Lowe said the council was committed to road and pedestrian infrastructure.

“Our council is committed to providing a safe environment at our school zones across the shire,” he said.

“School children can be among the most vulnerable pedestrians and our contribution to this important project will ensure school pick-up and drop-off in Kilmore is much safer.”

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