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, $950,000 of urgently needed repairs will be carried out on sections of the Midland Highway, including upgrading nearby carparks in partnership with the Mount Alexander Shire.
$19 million is allocated in the budget for key sections of the Calder Highway to be upgraded between Bendigo and Mildura to improve safety, travel times and freight productivity. There will be new overtaking lanes, roundabouts, resurfacing and rest areas.
The Budget will include a further $3.5 million for safety upgrades on Bendigo-Redesdale Road and $3.5 million to upgrade capacity and safety on the McIvor Highway between Harley Street & Bennetts Road at Junortoun.
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.
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.
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 West Maree Edwards
“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.”
“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.”