Tuesday, 30 October 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is helping northern Victorian councils fix the local roads that need it most through the $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced a major package road upgrades to be delivered in partnership with councils across the length and breadth of the state’s North West.
- In Mildura Rural City, Fifth Street will be widened between the Calder Highway and River Road, Merbein to resolve long-term safety and traffic issues.
- Swan Hill Rural City will reconstruct and widen five kilometres of Lake Boga-Ultima Road near Donald-Swan Hill Road to make it safer for all vehicles.
- Buloke Shire will reconstruct a 1.5-kilometre section of Watchem-Warracknabeal Road so that it meets standards for B-double heavy vehicles.
- Moira Shire Council will widen a 2.5-kilometre section of Lake Rowan Road, as well as upgrading the intersection of Forges Pump Lane and the Murray Valley Highway at Yarrawonga to allow for easier turning, particularly for larger recreational vehicles. Scoping and future planning will also get underway for education precincts in Yarrawonga’s Gilmore Street and Chapel Street and surrounds in Nathalia.
- Campaspe Shire will rehabilitate sealed road, kerb and channel, footpath and water mains in Lake Road Kyabram.
- Gannawarra Shire will link Koondrook-Main St to Punt Road. This will include narrowing of the road along Main Street, realigning the entrance to Tramway Place to provide better directional traffic flow and pedestrian access, a new pedestrian area over Main Street to provide a safe crossing, formalise parking adjacent the Koondrook motel and old Koondrook Service Station, and reconfigure the service road to allow through traffic to access open space.
- Greater Shepparton City Council will undertake the Toolamba Bridge Rehabilitation, as well as the Watt Road Bridge Repairs and Burkes Road Bridge upgrade.
- Yarriambiack Shire will rehabilitate, widen and seal 4km of Bells Road School Bus Route, as well as reconstruct 1.6km section of Coorong Swamp Road.
Dozens of other projects in the state’s North West have been announced today, for full details visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.
These local road upgrades will be delivered by June 2019.
The $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program is part of Labor’s record $941 million invested in regional roads.
These grants are on top of the $333 million dedicated to regional road maintenance, which is being delivered by the new country roads authority – Regional Roads Victoria (RRV).
Applications for round two of the Fixing Country Roads Program will open in early 2019.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance to make sure that regional Victorians get the road works they need.”
“This investment will ensure council managed roads, like those across northern Victoria, aren’t left behind as we rollout our record investment in country roads.”