$60m in roadworks are rolled out across Gld

Alex Ford

ALMOST $60 million in roadworks are being rolled out across Gippsland, including major repairs on the South Gippsland Highway.

Maffra-Rosedale Rd will undergo more than $1.5 million in rehabilitation works, and Bengworden Rd will receive more than $550,000.

Nine kilometres of the Rosedale-Longford Rd will be resurfaced.

The total spend from Regional Roads Victoria is almost $60 million in Gippsland, and works will continue through to March.

Regional Roads Victoria eastern region director Scott Lawrence said the works would make a difference.

“People want to see more maintenance on their roads,” he said.

“We’re already out on the ground to get these roads ready.

“Some will need resurfacing before we come down and put down a brand new seal.

“It’s about waterproofing the roads — that puts them in good condition to last longer, and that’s so important to vehicles being able to move safely along.”

Mr Lawrence said making roads safer for drivers was a priority, especially the Bengworden Rd.

Major Princes Highway upgrades between Sale and Bairnsdale have slowed traffic, and while Mr Lawrence acknowledged drivers’ frustrations, he said most of the works would be complete by mid-October.

He said more drivers were electing to use Bengworden Rd instead of the highway, but the time saved was negligible, and generally the delays were just five or 10 minutes.

“We’ve put up signs to let people know what the actual delay is,” he said.

“We do understand it has an impact on people’s lives as they go about their business, and we appreciate their patience.”

Mr Lawrence added community feedback was part of the decision-making process for setting priorities for road upgrades.

“Our road maintenance inspectors go out each year, they look at the condition data, we get regular reports that talk about how rough or cracked roads are,” he explained.

“They’re able to prioritise the worst sections, then they go out and match to the reports we’re getting.

“There is community feedback in it, but there’s a lot of engineering practice that goes in to make sure we’re making a good decision for road users across Gippsland.

“Those sections are important roads for the community.”

RRV has set up a hotline for residents, 133 RRV (133 778), so they can give their feedback directly to the team.

People can also examine a map of the sections to be improved on the RRV website.