MHR wants work on highway to begin ASAP

GIPPSLAND MHR Darren Chester wants work to begin as soon as possible to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Sale and Traralgon to help create local jobs.

News that $253.2 million in funding for the final two stages at Flynn and Kilmany of the highway duplication project had been secured has been widely welcomed.

Now, Mr Chester says work to duplicate the last 12 kilometres must get underway without further delay.

“This project has been stalled since December 2018 when the sections at Nambrok and east of Traralgon opened to traffic,” he said.

“For safety and economic reasons, it’s important this project isn’t held up any longer.”

“The duplication project is expected to be completed by early to mid-2024, but I am sure there are many people like me who want the roadworks to be finished much sooner so they can begin to enjoy the benefits.”

The final two sections of the highway to be duplicated involves constructing two additional lanes to provide a four-lane dual carriageway with a central median east of Sheepwash Creek Rd to the west of Flynns Creek Rd, Flynn, and east of Maffra-Rosedale Rd to west of Sale-Cowwarr Rd, Kilmany.