The focus has turned to the second and final stage of the $8 million Kiewa Valley Highway including major works at Gundowring and Kergunyah, which are due for completion mid-way through next year.
Improvements to the highway, which is a crucial tourism link between Wodonga and Falls Creek and crucial freight route for beef and dairy farming, is being bankrolled in partnership between the federal and state governments.
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Stage one works south of Wodonga totalling $3.5 million included sealed road shoulders, targeted intersection upgrades and safety barriers being installed at high-risk locations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said in addition to improved road conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, the works would also support industries through increased freight efficiency.
"We recognise the role an efficient road network plays in supporting a region's economic prosperity," he said.
Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie said the works were designed to ensure families could travel safer.
"It's great to see stage one complete and I'm looking forward to seeing work get under way on the second stage of the Kiewa Valley Highway upgrade which will include improvements at the intersections of Boyd Road, Gundowring and Kergunyah Road, Kergunyah.
"Works will start later this year, weather permitting."
Victorian roads minister Jaala Pulford said the safety improvements were critical in reducing the risk of accidents and serious injury.
Reflective markers in the centre of the road and new warning signs would help drivers stay in their lanes around sharp bends.