- Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
- An initial $2.1 million to repair and rebuild roads in Wellington Shire
- Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on two key roads
The South Gippsland Highway at Yarram and sections of the Princes Highway near Sale will be repaired as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $2.1 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.
Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on two key roads:
South Gippsland Highway - $1.2M for repairs to the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram.
Princes Highway East - $905,000 for 1.15km of repairs for two sections west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale.
Mr Ryan said VicRoads would work with Wellington Shire to repair the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram with works planned for Summer 2015-2016.
“Works to the two sections of the Princes Highway west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale would also be carried over a similar timeframe,” he said.
Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.
“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.
“This initial $2.1 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out and builds on a recent announcement of $3.2 million to repair four key roads in South Gippsland.
“This follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.
“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure our region receives its fair share.”
Mr Ryan encouraged local motorists to report damaged roads to VicRoads.
“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding now it is up to VicRoads to carry-out this much needed work.
“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.
“The Nationals are committing for fixing country roads to save country lives.”
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