Getting It Done: Massive South West Roadworks Blitz

19 April 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the biggest road upgrade and maintenance program ever seen in south west Victoria.

From Geelong to the South Australian border, VicRoads has spent the drier summer months hard at work on an unprecedented blitz of vital upgrades on regional roads to improve safety, increase strength and longevity, and better serve local communities.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today visited Inverleigh-Shelford Road – one of more than 100 projects currently underway in the region.

More than two kilometres of Inverleigh-Shelford Road is being rebuilt, resurfaced and widened to make it safer and smoother for the travelling public.

It is just one of the many roads being upgraded in the south west as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million investment to improve narrow roads.

Upgrades to Ayresford Road, Myamyn-Macarthur Road and Timboon-Nullawarre Road have already been completed and work is well underway on Foxhow Road, Skipton Road and Inverleigh-Shelford Road.

The Labor Government has invested $300 million this financial year to improve roads in the south west, including $90 million for maintenance.

Key sections of Geelong-Portarlington Road, Terang-Mortlake Road, Carlisle-Colac Road, Fyans Street and the Bellarine Highway have already been made smoother and safer for drivers, while projects on Barwon Heads Road, Otway Lighthouse Road, Geelong-Ballan Road and Melbourne Road are nearing completion.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“The works program being delivered this financial year is unprecedented and is a major investment in the future of south western Victoria.”

“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance across the state – this summer VicRoads has done more work in the south west than ever before.”

Quotes attributable to Mark Koliba, Regional Director South West

“We know there is much more to do and look forward to working with the community as we plan for future road upgrades in the south west.”

“We are now trying to complete as much as possible before winter sets in and appreciate everyone’s patience while these works are underway.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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