Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the first Gippsland sites to benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $45 million road pavement repair and restore package.
Mr Ryan said some of South Gippsland’s busiest routes, including the South Gippsland Highway, would receive almost $1.3 million to help address current road conditions.
“The South Gippsland Highway near Gelliondale has deteriorated more rapidly than expected after two years of wetter than normal weather,” Mr Ryan said.
“The local community has been very patient throughout these difficult times and I am pleased to announce the damaged section of the South Gippsland Highway near the Pearsons Road intersection at Gelliondale would be reconstructed.
“Further repair and reconstruction works along the South Gippsland Highway, including sections of road west of Korumburra, will be announced once contracts for work have been awarded.”
Mr Ryan also announced today that Drouin - Korumburra Road, Sale - Heyfield Road and Korumburra - Wonthaggi Road would all receive much needed pavement reconstruction works.
“The Korumburra - Wonthaggi Road is an important connection for communities in South Gippsland and the Bass Coast area, so the complete resurfacing of a kilometre stretch of road at Jumbunna will be a much welcomed improvement,” Mr Ryan said.
“Similarly, Sale - Heyfield Road is a popular connection route for farming communities to Sale. A kilometre section of this road at Fulham will undergo full reconstruction, which will see the road’s safety significantly improved for those who travel along it.
“The Drouin - Korumburra Road at Poowong, a much used road to connect West and South Gippsland, will also be restored.”
Mr Ryan said the works would focus on renewal of the road pavement by strengthening and reshaping the existing surface to improve the load carrying capacity of the roads.
“The works will allow for improved conditions for road users with the remediation of extensive potholes, surface failures and wheel ruts,” Mr Ryan said.
“These improvements will not only create a smoother, safer road for motorists; they will also preserve the longevity of the road and reduce the maintenance it requires in future.”
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