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Thursday, 26 April 2018

STRONGER, SAFER REGIONAL ROADS FOR BENDIGO

Drivers in Bendigo can look forward to safer, more reliable roads as the Andrews Labor Government launches the biggest regional road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocates $941 million to get on with the job of fixing Victoria’s regional road network, including a massive maintenance uplift for central Victoria

As part of the unprecedented road work blitz, urgently needed repairs will be carried out on sections of the Midland Highway as well as dozens of other roads in need of repair.

Across the state more than 1000km of roads will be repaired, resurfaced or rebuilt.

It’s not just the key arterials that are set for an upgrade, local councils will be able to apply to the new $100 million Fixing Country Roads fund, to get the support they need to fix their local roads.

To oversee this massive investment, the Labor Government will establish Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), a division of VicRoads, based in Ballarat, with staff in regional centres across the state.

Led by a Chief Regional Roads Officer, RRV will have the sole focus of giving country communities roads they can rely on.

The Budget will include $3.5 million to plan capacity and safety upgrades the McIvor Highway between Harley Street Bennetts Road at Junortoun and a further $3.5 million to plan safety upgrades on Bendigo-Redesdale Road.

 Key sections of the Calder Highway will be upgraded between Bendigo and Mildura to improve safety, travel times and freight productivity. There'll be new overtaking lanes, roundabouts and rest areas.

This enormous investment in country roads builds on the record breaking program of upgrades and maintenance carried out across Victoria, including Midland Highway at Castlemaine and the brand new Ravenswood interchange.

 Quotes attributable to the Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“We’re giving country Victorians safer and more reliable roads – since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance and we’re fixing hundreds of regional roads across the state.”

“We’re making this record investment and establishing Regional Roads Victoria to reduce congestion, improve safety and support primary producers to get their goods to market.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“This massive investment in our local roads will see major upgrades, resurfacing and rebuilds across the central Victoria - giving our communities the roads they can rely on.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

 “We know there is an enormous amount to be done – that’s why the Andrews Labor Government is investing more than ever before to fix our road network.”

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