Major changes to the Johnsonville streetscape will improve the visitor experience and boost safety for locals in the town, according to Gippsland MP Darren Chester.
The work is being undertaken by Bairnsdale’s Cranes Asphalting near the town’s famous Black Stump General Store, where an asphalt paver has been laying asphalt on the roadway.
Mr Chester said the work in Johnsonville included improving the Bumberrah Road intersection.
“Modifications are also being made to improve safety for pedestrians as they cross the highway as part of a $50 million package of safety upgrades along the Princes Highway,” Mr Chester said.
“These alterations will help to make Johnsonville an even more attractive place for visitors to stop and take a break.
“Improvements like these will help to support Gippsland’s visitor economy by providing the facilities and infrastructure that visitors expect and locals need.”
The work in Johnsonville complements highway safety improvements at Swan Reach and Nicholson, also undertaken as part of the $50 million package. All works along the highway funded through the package are due to be completed in 2021.
Mr Chester secured $25 million from the Federal Government for the highway improvements, which are jointly funded with the Victorian Government.