January 14, 2014
Improving road safety, growing the region’s economic productivity and reducing costs for businesses remain the focus of the Australian Government’s commitment to finish the Princes Highway duplication project between Traralgon and Sale.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today reassured highway users that funding for the project was secure through the government’s Infrastructure Investment Programme
“Work has now been underway for almost four years and we are committed to finishing the remaining sections of the project,” Mr Truss said.
“The Australian Government’s contribution to the project is $140 million with the Victorian Government contributing the remaining $35 million.”
Victoria’s Acting Premier Peter Ryan said between 8,000 and 17,300 vehicles used the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale each day.
“The project has already increased capacity, reduced transit times and improved traffic flow and safety,” Mr Ryan said.
“Regular users and tourists will benefit greatly from the Australian Government’s commitment to continue with the project.”
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said steady progress on the project was good news for motorists, freight operators and visitors to the iconic Gippsland Lakes.
“Two of the six sections have been completed, with this and another section under construction,” Mr Chester said.
“In December, I turned the first sod for the Nambrok Road section, which complements the section we are at today. The remaining two sections near Flynn and Fulham are still in the planning stage and are scheduled to be completed incrementally by mid-2016.”