THE state government will spend more than $20 million on road safety upgrades and resurfacing across Gippsland.
The state government announced on Wednesday that almost 18 kilometres of roads in Gippsland will receive more than $10 million in upgrades.
These include the Princes, Hyland and Bass Coast highways, and the Traralgon-Maffra Rd at Traralgon and Cowwarr, the Maffra-Rosedale Rd at Nambrok and the Tarra Valley Rd at Yarram and Tarra Valley.
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing visited a site on the Princes Highway in Sale to welcome the funding, which will result in works to rehabilitate sections of road to make them smoother and resistant to more damage.
Ms Shing said the works would reduce risk and benefit local road users, freight vehicles and tourist traffic.
“These roads are not only key roads for locals, but they are the gateway to a number of regional areas that are used regularly by visitors, so we want to make sure they are as safe as possible for everyone,” Ms Shing said.
Mr Donnellan agreed the works would enable improvements to key arterial roads to support freight vehicles and tourist traffic throughout Gippsland.
“Improving the condition of key regional roads will benefit the thousands of motorists who travel on them every day,” he said.
The works also aim to preserve the longevity of the roads.
Interim measures such as asphalt patching works during winter period will ensure roads can continue to operate safely in the short-term.
More than 150 sites across Gippsland, including Aerodrome Rd in Sale, will undergo an additional $10 million in resurfacing works to fix rough sections of road, with waterproof patching work making them more resistant to future damage.
The works will be delivered by the Eastern Region Alliance, a partnership between VicRoads and Fulton Hoga, and will begin in October.