Gippsland motorists are set to benefit from record road funding for local projects over the next two years, according to local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester said the Federal Government was partnering with other levels of government to deliver road and bridge projects worth more than $300 million in the coming months.
“From the next stage of the Princes Highway duplication, through to major arterial road safety projects and local road black spots, we are going to see a lot of construction activity across Gippsland over the next two years,” Mr Chester.
“Building better and safer roads will save lives, improve productivity, create jobs and boost the visitor economy in the longer term.
“The Federal Government is providing up to 80 per cent of the funding for many projects and the challenge for the State Government and local shires is to deliver everything on time and on budget.
“Projects like duplication of the highway between Traralgon and Sale, sealing the last stage of the Bonang Road and the ongoing transformation of the Lakes Entrance esplanade are all good for local jobs and attracting visitors to our region.
“At the same time, our ongoing Roads to Recovery and Bridges Renewal program is helping local councils to improve local transport routes across Gippsland.
“It’s exciting to see so much roadwork planned for Gippsland and I urge motorists to be patient as the work starts. There will be some unavoidable delays but please respect roadwork speed limits and allow the construction crews to get their job done safely.”
Among the major projects set to start in 2021 are:
- Final stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale
- Sealing final stage of Bonang Rd
- Mallacoota-Genoa Rd upgrade
- Great Alpine Rd safety package
- York St Sale upgrade
- Bullock Island bridge replacement at Lakes Entrance
- New roundabout at McEacharn St, Bairnsdale
- Next stage of Lakes Entrance foreshore redevelopment
- Roads to Recovery projects across all Gippsland municipalities.