Regional Victoria Roads to get a Road Maintenance Boost.
On Friday Luke Donnellan stopped at Ruby, visiting the South Gippsland Highway and welcoming the extra $80 million investment which the area will use for road resurfacing.
Mr Donnellan said that both the National and Liberal Party’s have been “long on talk and short on action”, and the Labor Government’s first budget is delivering for regional communities.
The Road Surface Replacement Program will be providing the eastern region of Victoria with an extra $10.4 million for resealing repair works in more than 130 different places, including key roads such as the Bass Highway, Great Alpine Road, and South Gippsland Highway.
Northern Victoria is receiving $11.6 million across 130 sites, North Eastern Victoria will be using a further $11.4 million for 300 different sites, and Western Victoria has been allocated $12.6 million for an extra 120 sites. Southwestern Victoria will see an upgrade of 160 sites with an extra $14.2 million, and the Metropolitan Melbourne area is receiving $19.8 million for different resealing projects.
$55.6 million is also going to be invested across the state, delivering even more significant rehabilitation for road projects on some of the key routes, including the Great Ocean Road, Hamilton Highway, and the South Gippsland Highway .
The roadworks will be completed during summer, and will include a variety of both surface and structural repairs, allowing the roads to continue operating safely. The planned works will be aimed at reducing road surface deterioration, along with supporting local producers so they can get their products to factories and markets, while also supporting local residents traveling to school and work.
While the road improvements will see safer and smoother roads for everyone on the roads, they’ll also be improving the longevity of the roads. Over the winter period, asphalt patching works will be done which will ensure that the roads continue to be safe during the short-term.
The Government also announced that they will be investing $50 million in the Safer Country Crossings Program, along with $35.8 million which will be used for strengthening bridges across regional Victoria.
The commitment shows that the government recognises the need for both industry and local community to be better supported.
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