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Vic Govt announces $870M investment on freight routes

  • Posted on Tuesday 1st, October 2019.

Hundreds of freeways, arterials and rural roads used by Victorians and commercial transport companies will receive a huge financial boost under the latest round of improvements by the State Government.

The road maintenance blitz includes $653.5 million as part of recently announced funding to rebuild and resurface roads over the next two years.

It comes in addition to the Victorian Government's annual investment in road maintenance which has been confirmed at $216 million this financial year.

According to the Government the investment will upgrade more than 1,800 kilometres of road, repair 150,000 potholes and trim more than 30,000 kilometres of roadside vegetation across Victoria in the next year alone.

Key arterial roads like the Monash Freeway, Princes Freeway, Maroondah Highway and Cranbourne-Frankston Road are set to receive asphalt resurfacing including long overdue works on Mornington-Tyabb Road, the Melba Highway at Dixon's Creek and Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pakenham.

In 2019 1,500 kilometres of country roads will either be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced according to a release issued this week by the Victorian Government.

Round two of the Fixing Country Roads program in concert with regional councils will involve 133 projects across municipal roads from sealing gravel works, sign replacement and repairs and bridge strengthening.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the maintenance Blitz was part of building a better transport network.

“This massive investment will fix the roads Victorians rely on every day and get people home safer and sooner, wherever they live,” he said.

Works will include 1,100 construction jobs and employ 100 workers and builds on $87.2 million announced for rural road rebuilds earlier in the year.

The Victorian Government also confirmed that maintenance work on the West Gate Bridge would take place over summer to keep moving the 205,000 motorists who use it every day.

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