Highway duplication progresses

CONSTRUCTION of a $10 million four-lane divided carriageway is set to begin as part of the $175 million Traralgon to Sale Princes Highway duplication project.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the third stage would result in the Princes Highway being duplicated between Stammers and Minniedale Rds, Traralgon East by the end of next year.

“Stage three of the project includes the construction of a new east bound carriageway, a roundabout at Minniedale Rd and realignment of Wilmot Court to meet the new roundabout,” Mr Ryan said.

“This important road project will improve the safety for all road users, provide freight efficiency between Melbourne and Sale, enhance access to local facilities and help provide significant benefits to the local community and tourists.

“It will also assist key Gippsland industries including coal, dairy, timber, commercial fishing, paper and gas production to transport their commodities.”

Mr Ryan said construction of the new east bound carriageway would be addressed first, with all traffic to switch to the new carriageway once it was completed.

“VicRoads will then reconstruct the existing highway to form the new west bound carriageway before completing remaining works at the new roundabout,” he said.

“The roundabout at Minniedale Rd and Wilmot Court will allow for the safe and efficient movement of through traffic, that is predominant to this area.”

Mr Ryan said cyclists would also benefit from the duplication, with the use of a three-metre shoulder between Stammers and Minniedale Rds and provision for bicycle travel through the roundabout.

The Strezlecki Memorial will be relocated 250 metres to the east and will include improved access and a car parking area.

Mr Ryan said changed traffic conditions could be expected during construction of the project.

“For the safety of highway users, reduced speed limits will apply through active work zones and I ask motorists to be considerate of those reductions,” he said.

“Access to properties and driveways will be maintained at all times, and provision will be made for school bus pick up and drop off points.”