Major maintenance works are underway across north and north eastern Victoria to make regional roads safer and more reliable for drivers.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan visited Shepparton today to announce the works that will take place across the two regions over the next 12 months.
More than $40 million in improvements has begun to rehabilitate sections of road to make them smoother and resistant to further damage.
A number of sites will receive major repairs and maintenance works including the Hume Highway, Goulburn Valley Highway, McIvor Highway, Kiewa Valley Highway, Midland Highway and key rural roads including Benambra-Corryong Road, Benalla-Yarrawonga Road and Bacchus Marsh-Gisborne Road.
Over 250 kilometres of road will also be resealed across the regions including sections of the Murray Valley Highway, Melba Highway, Borung Highway, Pyrenees Highway and Great Alpine.
The works will be delivered by regional contractors including the North Eastern Maintenance Alliance.
Reducing the level of deterioration of road surfaces will provide a boost to local regional producers, making their journey to market or to the factory more reliable. It will also help to ensure those visiting our regions can access local businesses and attractions safer and sooner, and support local tourism.
The road improvements will not only create smoother and safer roads for all motorists but will also preserve the longevity of the roads.
While many communities across the region have struggled with recent flooding and severe weather, these works will provide extra support to complete emergency and patching works that have and are continuing to take place.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“We’re working to make the roads people rely on every day safer and more reliable – to ensure parents can take their kids to school safely, or get to work on time.”
“The North and North Eastern region is Victoria’s food bowl, tourism playground and a key national freight hub, and these works will help to continue to drive these industries.”
“We know that many communities have had a tough time lately with flooding and heavy rain. This funding will allow us to get on with some much needed maintenance.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020