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 western Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria will oversee more $45 million of improvement works on the region’s 5500-kilometre arterial road network this season, with 25 individual projects scheduled.
The record investment will deliver improvements to two of western Victoria’s most important freight and transport routes, with sections of both the Western and Wimmera highways set for repair and rehabilitation works.
Eight sites along the Western Highway – including areas around Horsham, Dimboola and Gerang Gerung – will be subject to improvement works, totalling more than six kilometres and improving the road’s strength and safety for all drivers.
Meanwhile, 6.7 kilometres of the Wimmera Highway will receive roughly $4.9 million worth of repairs and rehabilitation, focused around Rupanyup, Marnoo and St Arnaud and delivering major benefits for the region’s primary producers.
Other roads across the region set to benefit from the $333 million maintenance package include the Henty, Borung and Glenelg Highways.
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 Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“This massive road maintenance blitz will focus on some of western Victoria’s most important connections – these are the roads that connect our communities and that our primary producers rely on.”
“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