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 Geelong and the south west, Regional Roads Victoria will oversee more than $84 million of improvement works on roads right across the region’s 4000-kilometre arterial network.
This season, about $1.8 million will be spent asphalting and resurfacing 1.8 kilometres of Anglesea Road to provide a comprehensive uplift to this vital route.
This upgrade will target three sections of the road between Mt Duneed Road and Coombes Road, and follows extensive safety improvement works already underway this year as part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program.
About 2.6 kilometres of the Bellarine Highway will also be made stronger and safer thanks to around $2 million of improvement works.
This upgrade will rebuild and strengthen this damaged section of road to ensure it is fit for purpose for the drivers who use it every day travelling from Geelong to the Bellarine.
Resurfacing works will also take place on about 3.5 kilometres of the Geelong Ring Road to improve the strength and longevity of this vital route, as well as damaged sections of Fyansford-Gheringhap Road and Lower Duneed Road.
Other roads targeted this maintenance season include Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Road, Lavers Hill-Cobden Road, Penshurst-Dunkeld Road, Coleraine-Edenhope Road, Casterton-Apsley Road and Warrnambool-Caramut Road.
For the first time, the community can view and keep track of the annual program of maintenance works and projects thanks to a new interactive state-wide map.
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 Bellarine Lisa Neville
“We’ve heard the communities in the Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast regions loud and clear – that’s why we’re getting on with the job of upgrading the roads that people rely on every day.”
“The massive program of works announced today is just the beginning – we’ll have more to say about road rebuilds, resurfacing and further upgrades as the maintenance season ramps up.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020