Lives will be saved as some of Gippsland’s worst roads receive a $25 million funding boost, according to local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester said the Federal Government was providing $20 million for the road safety program with the State Government contributing $5 million.
“This initiative to deliver safety upgrades on several arterial roads will reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr Chester said.
“It will also boost the local economy with jobs during construction of new road shoulders and other upgrades.”
Mr Chester said the routes which had been targeted were all high-speed arterial routes which were owned and maintained by the State Government.
“There has been a chronic under-investment by the State Government on its own road network across Gippsland and this major boost by the Federal Government will be welcomed by local road users,” Mr Chester said.
“There will be some disruption during construction, and I urge motorists to be patient, but the long term benefits will be very significant.
“I want to thank the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for working with the State Government to deliver this funding package.”
Successful projects in Gippsland are:
- Longford-Loch Sport Rd, $5.4m
- Rosedale-Longford Rd, $4.3m
- Seaspray Rd, $4.3m
- Traralgon-Maffra Rd, $6.3m
- Great Alpine Rd, $1.4m
- Mallacoota-Genoa Rd, $2.7m
- Princes Highway east, $1.2m
Work is set to begin immediately.