Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan today announced over $55 million in works due to start this quarter for the Princes Highway West Corridor including Warrnambool to Port Fairy and works for the Henty Highway, Portland-Nelson Road and Portland-Casterton Road.
Mr Tehan said the first tranche of works will address pinch points and other impediments to vehicle movements in the region, improving travel times and safety, and providing a significant boost to the local economy.
The twelve projects for the Princes-Highway West corridor between Camperdown and Tyrendarra includes overtaking lanes, asphalt surfacing and intersection strengthening, and bridge upgrades at locations such as:
• Warrnambool-Geelong Rail Line, Weerite;
• Glenelg River, Dartmoor; and
• Warrnambool-Geelong Rail Line, Allansford
Works to be undertaken between Warrnambool and Port Fairy includes the upgrade of four bridges at Rosebrook, Dennington and Port Fairy North.
Over $9 million will be directed towards the notorious ‘blue church’ intersection west of Colac to improve road safety. A further 14 projects under the Roads of Strategic Importance are on the Henty Highway, Portland-Nelson Road and Portland-Casterton Road.
Continuing to upgrade the Princes Highway, Henty Highway, Portland-Nelson Road and Portland-Casterton Road will make a huge difference for locals and tourists alike as it will ensure travel across South West Victoria is safer, while making transport more efficient and productive for industry, tourists and the community, said Mr Tehan.
Mr Tehan acknowledged the strong advocacy of local councils in identifying their priorities and in encouraging all governments to play their part in upgrading our local roads.
“We all know our roads in South West Victoria need urgent works and I look forward to the State Government continuing to provide the Federal Government with further road work proposals, so that we can expedite much needed repairs to this vital infrastructure”, said Mr Tehan.
This announcement is another example of the Coalition Government delivering on their record $110 billion investment in the transport infrastructure program, which is supporting jobs and communities at a time when it’s needed most.