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Much-anticipated upgrades to York Street in Sale have started after funding was approved by the Federal Government.

Local MP Darren Chester secured $11.68 million for the Sale Revitalisation Project and will partner with Wellington Shire Council to deliver the project.

Mr Chester said preliminary works have begun to improve the street lighting and underground power lines.

“The upgrade will include beautification of the streetscape, under grounding of power lines, new lighting and improved pedestrian safety,” Mr Chester said.

“As part of the works, traffic lights will be installed at the Cunninghame Street intersection to improve road safety.”

Mr Chester said the improvements would make it more attractive to visitors and encourage people travelling through Sale to stop and take and break.

“It will also make the highway safer for all local road users, particularly heavy vehicles, with better traffic conditions,” Mr Chester said.

“The Princes Highway supports thousands of vehicle movements each day across the region and it’s important we have a safe corridor.”

Works are jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $11.68 million, Victorian Government $250,000 and Wellington Shire Council $1.17 million.

The Revitalisation project is a much broader project and includes further developments at the Port of Sale and completion of a cycling and walking path from the Port of Sale to the Sale Common.

“Wellington Shire is delivering important upgrades that will be improve the liveability of Sale and promote jobs in the visitor economy,” Mr Chester said.

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