Minister for Roads Terry Mulder today announced a $45 million repair and restore package to address the poor condition of some of Victoria’s roads due to ongoing wet weather over the last two years.
“Under the previous Labor Government, underlying issues with the condition of Victorian roads were not exposed due to the lack of rain during nearly a decade of drought,” Mr Mulder said.
“However, after a number of major flood events and two years of wetter than normal weather, the roads are deteriorating at a more significant rate than predicted.
“The Victorian Coalition Government holds road safety in the highest priority and has responded to these current road conditions with a $45 million boost, which takes the Road Asset Management budget for 2012/13 to $432.9 million,” Mr Mulder said.
“While VicRoads has an ongoing maintenance program in place to ensure the safe operation of the arterial road network there has been far greater maintenance required than budget forecasts allowed.
“The funding for this repair and restore package will target some of the worst roads in Victoria, where it is needed the most.”
Mr Mulder said the $45 million roads repair and restore package will provide $20 million for resurfacing works and $25 million for restoration works.
“Spending this money now will ensure savings in the future, before our roads degrade beyond repair,” Mr Mulder said.
“During the winter months, it is not possible to carry out permanent pavement works due to the wet and cold conditions, so heading into the warmer months Victorians can expect to see a lot of improvements out on the road network.
“We want to thank motorists and communities for their patience throughout winter and ask them to exercise the same patience while the works are carried out over the warmer months.”
VicRoads is committed to providing safe conditions for all road users, and actively encourages road users to notify VicRoads of hazardous road conditions they may observe, such as potholes, by calling 13 11 70.