People driving on roads across Northern Victoria are experiencing smoother and more reliable journeys everyday as the Victorian Government’s massive program of road maintenance works wraps up for this season.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said the blitz has strengthened and smoothed more than 408 kilometres of road across Northern Victoria while supporting more than 1,500 Victorian jobs – as part of the Government’s $653.5 million investment over two years to rebuild and resurface roads right across Victoria.
Projects across the Northern Victoria region which underwent vital maintenance as part of the Road Maintenance Blitz are as follows:
- Goulburn Valley Highway, Shepparton and Wahring – $1.6 million – Complete
Nearly one kilometre of the Goulburn Valley Highway was rehabilitated, including a 400 metre section of road near St Luke’s Catholic Primary School and a 300 metre section between Vaughan and Sobraon streets in Shepparton, along with a 260 metre section near Wahring.
The works have improved the journey for thousands of drivers, passengers and heavy vehicle operators relying on this key arterial route.
- Echuca-Kyabram Road, Echuca – $2.3 million investment – Complete
Primary producers, locals and tourists travelling in northern Victoria are benefiting from a $2.3 million road improvement project that has created a safer, smoother and more durable road on one kilometre of Echuca-Kyabram Road.
The stretch serves as a key connection between Shepparton, Kyabram and Echuca.
- Sunraysia Highway – Complete
- Calder Hwy, Nandaly – Complete
- Midland Highway – Complete
- Tongala Road – Complete
- Shepparton Alternative Route – Complete
- Echuca-Mooroopna Road (Echuca Rd) Undera – Complete
- Echuca-Mooroopna Road (Anderson Street) – Complete
- Dookie-Nalinga Road – Complete
- Dookie-Shepparton Road (New Dookie Road) – Second stage to be undertaken later in 2020
On top of this, maintenance crews filled more than 230,000 potholes, repaired or replaced 41,000 signs and mowed more than 53,500 kilometres of roadside grass statewide.
A strong focus on environmental initiatives saw 15,000 tonnes of recycled materials – such as glass, plastic and tyres – used in the creation of more durable country roads for tourism, freight and local drivers.
Around 2,212 out-of-hours callouts were also attended by crews to make sure roads are safe – totalling more than 5,000 working hours removing hazards like trees or debris, attending accidents and assessing roads impacted by fires or floods.
Vital investment for Victoria’s road network will continue with preparations underway for the next job-supporting maintenance blitz, set to begin when the weather warms up.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Right across Northern Victoria, we’re investing in safer, stronger, smoother roads to make sure we keep local and tourists moving safely.”
“We’ve completed a huge amount of work during this massive road maintenance blitz – with more 1,500 jobs supported right across the state.”