Road Maintenance Season Goes Above And Beyond

20 May 2021

The Andrews Labor Government‘s latest road maintenance blitz has gone above and beyond, with more roads upgraded across regional Victoria than planned, supporting local jobs.

The blitz has completed 110 per cent of its original goal to improve more than 1,800 kilometres of roads.

Crews have been working tirelessly over the warmer months to upgrade the state's roads – delivering safer and smoother journeys for every road user after regular reviews of roads across the state for potential hazards and defects and listening to motorists’ feedback.

With more Victorians choosing to explore locally, the maintenance blitz ensures more reliable routes to some of the state's most iconic tourist destinations like the Hepburn region, Phillip Island, coastal areas in the south west and the picturesque High Country.

The works are also helping to keep freight on the move across the state, with upgrades on critical routes such as the Western, Henty and Hume highways connecting Victorian farmers with domestic and international trade markets and supporting jobs across the supply chain.

Thanks to hardworking crews, improvements in the state’s west have smashed their targets – with upgrades already delivered on more than 485 kilometres of roads, exceeding the pre-season target of 370 kilometres by more than 30 per cent.

Teams have also repaired more than 185,000 potholes and 20,000 roadside signs have been fixed or replaced.

Before winter impacts construction conditions, the pace remains steady as crews continue to press ahead with extra maintenance. With road workers out in force and temporary changes to traffic conditions, drivers are reminded to be patient, obey the posted speed limits, and drive with caution.

Understanding the importance of roads as the backbone of the Victorian economy, in 2020/21 the Labor Government is delivering a record investment, with almost $900 million spent on improving roads across the state.

The Labor Government has also injected $124 million into roads as part of its Building Works package, ensuring Victoria's road network runs smoothly while supporting local jobs for Victorians as the state recovers from the pandemic.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll

"We are making our regional roads safer, stronger and more reliable for everyone – not just improving journeys, but delivering local jobs when Victorians need them most.”

"Our teams have delivered more than 1,800 kilometres of better roads across our state – including key tourist routes that are getting busier as more people take the opportunity to get out and explore our beautiful state."

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“Regional roads are the backbone of our economy and the gateway to the many wonderful country towns across our state – safer and more reliable roads are what country Victorians deserve.”

Reviewed 21 May 2021

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