Workers have hit the ground running to upgrade a Gisborne intersection.

The $1.3 million project is expected to improve safety, visibility and traffic flow at the intersection of Saunders, Kilmore and Pierce roads.

New turning lanes and street lighting will be built on Saunders Road, with new traffic islands for Kilmore and Pierce roads and realignment to Kilmore Road.

A school bus stop at the intersection will also be relocated to improve safety by minimising school drop-off and pick-up traffic at the intersection.

Construction will be carried out during the day and traffic management will include 40km/h stretches until the project is completed, expected to be by mid-year. Temporary lane closures will be enforced with signed detours.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said improving the road was crucial to ensure driver safety.

“This intersection can be busy and difficult to navigate for the 5000 drivers relying on it every day, which is exactly why we’re getting on with fixing it,” she said. “We’re improving this vital stretch in to Gisborne to make sure our growing community gets home safer and sooner.

“Since coming into office, we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance and now regional Victorian roads are getting the attention they deserve.”

The project is funded by the state government’s Regional Roads Victoria.

To keep track of the project, visit: www.regionalroads.vic.gov.au