The Andrews Labor Government’s new, dedicated country roads body, Regional Roads Victoria, has opened its doors and is getting started on the biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen.
Across eastern Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria will oversee almost $60 million of improvement works on roads right across the region’s 3,500-kilometre arterial network as part of the record $333 million state-wide maintenance package.
A significant piece of this comprehensive uplift is the South Gippsland Highway, where more than 30 percent of the road will be either rebuilt or resurfaced.
Eleven sections of this key freight route will be rebuilt as new and more than 60 kilometres will be resurfaced and line marked between Lang Lang and Sale.
Other Gippsland roads to be overhauled include sections of the Princes Highway, Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Road, Bengworden Road, the Strzelecki Highway and the Great Alpine Road.
For the first time, the community can view the full program of maintenance works and projects via a new interactive state-wide map and keep track of the progress being made.
Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan
“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance and from today regional Victoria will have a dedicated agency solely focused on fixing country roads.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“We’ve heard Gippsland communities loud and clear – that’s why we’re getting on with the job of upgrading the roads that people rely on.”
“By investing in critical transport and freight routes like the Princes and South Gippsland highways, we are ensuring continued economic prosperity and jobs for the region.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020