Highway resealing work

THE state government will spend $1.3 million to reseal damaged sections of the South Gippsland Highway.

Fourteen sections of the highway from Lang Lang to Stradbroke will be resealed, including five around Yarram.

Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the resealing works would begin soon.

“Over the winter months VicRoads carried out significant patching works along the South Gippsland Highway, providing a short term fix,” he said.

“This work was only designed to be a temporary fix, with important resealing works held off until the warmer months, which are now upon us.”

Mr Ryan said the works would improve the road surface, creating a smoother ride for motorists, while making the road surface waterproof and more resistant to future damage.

“I want to reassure local motorists that we are listening to their concerns about road conditions and will continue to invest to fix our roads,” he added.

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would continue to monitor the condition of the local road network and he encouraged locals to continue reporting damaged sections of road to VicRoads so it could be patched and resealed as quickly as possible.

Eastern Victoria MLA Danny O’Brien said VicRoads had taken into account community feedback when identifying the sections of the highway in need of significant repairs.

Mr O’Brien said the state government had spent more than $100 million to fix and upgrade local roads in south Gippsland during the past three and a half years, with more money flowing through to the region on an ongoing basis.

“We will continue to prioritise this region to ensure our local roads can be fixed or upgraded as quickly as possible,” he said.

“We will also continue to invest in key safety upgrades, new passing lanes as well as supporting local councils to fix and improve local roads,” Mr O’Brien added.