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Gippsland will receive almost $1.1 million in Federal Government funding for better bridges and roads.

Local MP Darren Chester today announced two bridges would be upgraded and a road rebuilt and widened as part of works with a total value around $2.2 million.

“It’s a sad fact that a disproportionate number of people are killed on rural roads,” Mr Chester said. “I have campaigned for projects that improve road safety across Gippsland for many years.

“This funding will allow Latrobe City and Wellington Shire to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects to improve safety for all road users.

“This money will provide these two councils with the opportunity and means to further improve roads within their municipality, while also boosting local jobs and the economy.”

The Federal Government funding comprises:

  • $401,500 allocated under the Bridges Renewal Program to alter the approaches to and widen Sloping Bridge, which crosses the Albert River at Alberton West in Wellington
  • $300,000 provided through the Bridges Renewal Program to replace the 5 tonne limited Downies Lane timber bridge at Traralgon South in Latrobe, with a new concrete and steel bridge with a 44t limit, and
  • $384,964 secured from the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program to rebuild and widen two sections of Pound Road East which are part of the over dimensional route east of Yarram in Wellington.

The councils will provide matching contributions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding announced today would support projects across Australia.

“I am pleased to deliver more than $290 million in funding to more than 350 projects nationwide, which will upgrade and replace bridges which have been damaged or are deteriorating and improve key heavy vehicle infrastructure,” Mr McCormack said.

“With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcome of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery.

“By improving our road network, this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.

“This includes our truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving.

“Now more than ever, the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our government is doing.”

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