Friday, 8 September, 2017

The Victorian Government is rebuilding and resurfacing key routes in Eastern Victoria, as part of a $530 million package to make country roads safer and stronger.

Seven key routes that service the tourism and agricultural industries of Gippsland will be upgraded to improve road safety and productivity.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the investment will boost safety and reliability of local roads that connect locals, visitors and industry.

The upgrades include three kilometres of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and a four kilometre section of Tyers-Thomson Valley Road.

South east of Traralgon, a critical 630 metre section of the Hyland Highway will be rebuilt, along with one kilometre of Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Road, and 1.5 kilometres of the Princes Highway East between Trafalgar and Yarragon and at Bairnsdale.

Additional major rehabilitation works also will occur on Stratford-Maffra Road and Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo.

In addition, 180 kilometres of arterial roads will be resurfaced across 120 locations this summer, waterproofing the road and improving the ride quality.

Most works will occur between September 2017 and April 2018, when warmer, dryer weather allows new road surfaces to cure.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing:

“Regional Victorians deserve a better road network – that’s why we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance. Over the next 12 months, VicRoads will be doing more work than ever before.”

“We’re working to make a number of Gippsland Roads safer and more reliable, to ensure local producers can move their goods as safely and efficiently as possible.”