THE new dual lane section of the Princes Highway at Fulham is expected to be opened to traffic by the end of the year.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said motorists had shown great patience, but would be relieved to hear works on this section were almost complete.
The Fulham 2 section includes two lanes of traffic in both directions, and an upgrade to the intersection at Sale-Cowwarr and Hopkins-Williams roads.
Mr Chester said Fulham 2 works were one of three additional sections of duplication following an additional commitment of $85 million to improve journey reliability, traffic flow and road safety.
This was in addition to the $175 million already spent on the project.
“Work to duplicate the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale began in 2010,” Mr Chester said.
“It’s been a huge project, but it will deliver road safety and transport benefits for years to come.
“The highway upgrades will save lives; support local industries by helping them to get their products to market quickly and reliably; and will help grow the tourism industry by making the journey to Gippsland faster and safer.”
Two additional sections of the highway are still underway.
Traralgon East 3 is on track for completion in 2019.
Nambrok 3 is scheduled to open a new west bound carriageway for traffic early next year, with the full stage due for completion late in 2018.
The federal government is contributing $210 million to the Princes Highway duplication project, with the state government funding the remaining $50 million.
The $260 million project will duplicate 30.9 kilometres of the 47.3km of highway from Traralgon to Sale.