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Friday, 20 February 2015

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT BOOSTS FUNDING FOR KEY PYRENESS HIGHWAY BRIDGE

The Andrews Labor Government will strengthen bridges along major regional freight corridors through the Stronger Country Bridges Program.

$35.8 million in funding will be fast-tracked to strengthen 48 bridges in regional Victoria, which will reduce transport costs for freight and increase productivity.

Drivers travelling in the Mount Alexander area are the big winners following funding announced today by Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, to improve the condition of a bridge on the Pyrenees Highway.

The bridge, which crosses Campbells Creek near Castlemaine, is part of a vital link in the regional road network and the $2.7 million investment announced today demonstrates the Government’s committed to rural and regional Victoria.

The Pyrenees Highway is part of an important freight and tourist route connecting Castlemaine, Maryborough and Ararat, and it is essential that we ensure our regional communities remain connected.

The improvements include replacing the existing bridge and the current timber pedestrian bridge. The replacement bridge will be made wider to cater for the increased width of heavy vehicles and to offer improved barriers and pedestrian access.

As part of the Government’s $35.8 million Stronger Country Bridges Program, 17 priority bridges and road drainage systems will be upgraded at 15 locations across regional Victoria, to help reduce load limit restrictions and open up the routes to industry.

Work on the bridge is due to start in 2016.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“The Victorian Government is committed to providing safe, accessible and well maintained roads and bridges right across the state and this includes all of our rural and regional roads.”

“Not only will this funding ensure that our rural and regional roads don’t deteriorate below acceptable standards, but it will enable the roads to continue to support the economic and social activities of our regional communities.”

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