Chester promises $10 million for roads

LOCALS and tourists using the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Mt Hotham will benefit from safety upgrades under a re-elected Liberal-National government, as will motorists using the Hyland Highway.

Infrastructure Minister and incumbent Gippsland MHR Darren Chester has pledged $5 million in federal funding to fix dangerous sections of each road.

Mr Chester said the Great Alpine Road attracted an increasing number of tourists each year, underpinning the local economy, and was a vital link for residents and regional freight operators.

“While the road is a state responsibility, this commitment for ‘off-network’ funding will support safety upgrades, following consultation with VicRoads and the community,” he said.

Mr Chester said while the sections of road to be upgraded were yet to be determined, priority areas included narrow sections with sharp drop-offs along the Tambo Valley and would be developed in conjunction with VicRoads.

In a similar announcement Mr Chester committed to providing $5 million in funding to make Hyland Highway between Traralgon and Yarram safer. He said the upgrades to the road would be targeted at the sections most in need of an upgrade between Loy Yang and Yarram.

“The Hyland Highway is an important route for motorists travelling between Traralgon and Yarram that has long been in need of additional upgrades,” he said.

“I have been campaigning for several years to obtain ‘off network’ funding to be delivered with the Victorian government. It is my strong expectation that the state government will match our funding.”