Shoppers and business owners on Shepparton’s St Georges Rd have welcomed upgrades to the area which were opened on Tuesday ahead of schedule.
New features now include new lighting, trees, a median strip and on-street parking in the shopping precinct between Hayes and Swallow Sts.
St Georges Rd shop owners agreed the changes were beneficial for the safety of the area and had beautified the road.
National Supermarket owner Gholam Hashimi said he had witnessed U-turn collisions too many times before the changes.
‘‘Since the road has re-opened we are feeling very well and it is very good and safer than before,’’ Mr Hashimi said.
The improvements were made possible following Greater Shepparton City Council’s application for more than $200000 from the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund which is part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.
The council also contributed about $110000 toward the project.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said she was pleased that another key project had been delivered for the community, with input from the St Georges Road Community Plan Group.
Cr O’Keeffe thanked local residents and St Georges Rd retailers for their co-operation during the redevelopment works.