More than $870 million funds to improve Victorian roads


Melbourne: The Andrews Labor Government has announced more than $870 million to improve the hundreds of freeways, arterial and country roads that Victorians rely on every day.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday joined Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford to launch the massive road maintenance blitz, which includes $653.5 million to rebuild and resurface roads across the state over the next two years, on top the Government’s annual investment in road maintenance – which will be $216 million this financial year.
The investment will upgrade more than 1,800 kilometres of road, repair 150,000 potholes and trim more than 30,000 kilometres of roadside vegetation across Victoria in the next year alone.
Asphalt resurfacing will give drivers safer and more reliable journeys on key arterial roads including the Monash Freeway, Princes Freeway, Maroondah Highway and Cranbourne-Frankston Road.
Roads needing extensive work will also be targeted, including the Melba Highway at Dixons Creek, Mornington-Tyabb Road at Moorooduc and Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pakenham.
This year another 1,500 kilometres of regional roads will be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced, including key roads such as the Princes Highway in Gippsland, the Hume Highway near Winton, the Glenelg Highway near Skipton, the Echuca-Kyabram Road near Echuca, and the Robinvale-Sea Lake Road in Manangatang.
Regional councils are also delivering 133 projects on municipal roads thanks to round two of the Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads and strengthening bridges.
(Media release)