More than $870 million will be spent on the state’s roads in the next two years following an announcement from the Andrews Labor Government of a maintenance blitz, with the region to benefit.
Around 10 roads in the region are set to see maintenance works completed on them thanks to the blitz, with the Pyrenees Highway at Bung Bong one of the biggest winners, receiving a $335,000 grant to improve the surface along the road.
Other local upgrades include surface works along the McCallums Creek Road bridge, the Lexton- Talbot Road at Lexton, the Maldon- Newstead Road, along the Sunraysia Highway at Avoca and on the Bendigo-Maryborough Road, Laanecoorie. Works are expected to be completed by June 2020.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford last week to launch the road maintenance funding, which includes $653.5 million to rebuild and resurface roads across the state over the next two years, on top of the government’s annual investment in road maintenance — which will be $216 million this financial year.
The investment will upgrade over 1800 kilometres of road, including more than 1500 kilometres of regional roads, repair 150,000 potholes and trim more than 30,000 kilometres of roadside vegetation across Victoria in the next year.
The maintenance program will also repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences.
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