January 30, 2015
Upgrades to the Princes Highway west of Sale reached another milestone today with a $13.5 million contract to duplicate the highway from Fulham to Wurruk awarded to Winslow Constructions Pty Ltd.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the upgrades are part of the Australian Government’s infrastructure investment programme.
“The Australian Government is investing $7.6 billion to improve the safety and efficiency of land transport infrastructure in Victoria,” Mr Chester said
“The Princes Highway East is an important transport link between Melbourne and Gippsland supporting key dairy, timber, paper, coal and gas industries in the region.
“Up to 17,000 vehicles use the Princes Highway East every day, so upgrading the highway will deliver vital economic benefits to the region.”
Mr Chester said the contract awarded today will duplicate a further 2.8 kilometres of the highway from Sale-Heyfield Road in Fulham to Reid Drive in Wurruk.
“Works will involve constructing new west bound traffic lanes to provide two lanes in each direction with a 15-metre central median,” he said.
“A roundabout will also be constructed at Sale-Heyfield Road and upgrades undertaken at Polocrosse Lane to improve safety and provide additional vehicle protection.
“The upgrade will complement works already completed or underway between Traralgon and Sale, including the recently opened section from Stammers Road to Minniedale Road near Traralgon.
“I look forward to work start on these upgrades later this year and their expected completion in late 2016.”