Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging tourists to take their time and travel safely on the road as the September school holiday break approaches.
Mr Chester said there were many interesting stop-offs to enjoy in the region and encouraged motorists to break long drives by stopping off and enjoying some of the small towns across Gippsland.
He said there were significant road works underway in Gippsland which would require motorists to show patience and allow extra time to travel.
“The Federal Government has announced record funding for roads in Gippsland and there are currently some major road improvement projects underway,” Mr Chester said.
“This might add delays to holiday travel times and its important motorists allow extra time and show patience on the road.”
Stage two of the Princes Highway duplication is nearing completion between Sale and Traralgon with a $210 million Federal Government funding component.
In addition, Mr Chester has recently announced a further $130 million for road upgrades to the South Gippsland Highway, Princes Highway from Sale to the New South Wales border, Monaro Highway, Great Alpine Road and Hyland Highway (jointly funded by State and Federal Governments).
“Record investment in Gippsland roads will provide the region with long-term tourism and productivity benefits,” Mr Chester said.
“While these works are underway there will be some delays, and I urge motorists to take their time and stay vigilant while on the roads these coming holidays.”