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Pedestrian safety has been identified as one of the top issues to be addressed as part of a $50 million roadworks packaged announced for the Princes Highway east of Sale.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $50 million last year to improve the Princes Highway from Sale to the New South Wales border, jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments.  In a record funding haul, a total of $130 million was announced for key freight and tourism routes across Gippsland.

Mr Chester, who is also the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, last week met with officials from VicRoads to receive an update on the highway upgrade project.

Mr Chester said a series of community consultation sessions had been coordinated by VicRoads which identified pedestrian safety and a lack of overtaking opportunities as key concerns in Lakes Entrance.

“Lakes Entrance is a busy tourist destination and a popular choice particularly for families to holiday over summer,” Mr Chester said.

“In addition, it has a high local population of retirees.

“While the detailed works program is still being finalised, Lakes Entrance will receive a significant upgrade along The Esplanade to revitalise the CBD and there are plans for more safe crossing areas from carparks to the main shopping strip.

“The Myer Street intersection has also been nominated for significant improvement works and VicRoads is working through options to make this intersection safer for all and a more attractive entry point to the CBD.”

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