Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says Princes Highway works east of Orbost will help to improve road safety and boost the visitor economy.
Mr Chester has secured a mix of Federal and State Government funding to build the overtaking lanes, widened road shoulders, rest areas and intersection improvements over the past six years.
“Since coming to Government in 2013, we’ve funded six new overtaking lanes between Lakes Entrance and the New South Wales border which is improving safety and productivity for the transport industry,” Mr Chester said.
“A safer, better highway is also good for tourism by improving our connectivity to Canberra and Sydney which should boost local jobs.
“In total, more than $60 million additional funding has been secured for the highway over the past six years and there’s still more work to be done to improve the facilities which sit alongside the road like walking and cycling paths, camping and other tourist attractions.”