east and south gippsland road maintenance blitz to begin

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive road maintenance blitz is getting underway throughout East and South Gippsland to give drivers safer, smoother and stronger roads. It will kick off in October to coincide with the warmer spring and summer months.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said crews were gearing up to deliver thousands of maintenance jobs across the state during the warmer months including 15 upgrades across East and South Gippsland.

Roads to benefit from this vital maintenance include Longford-Lochsport rd. Rosedale-Longford rd. Strzelecki HWY. Tarwin Lower rd. Meeniyan-Mirboo North rd. South Gippsland HWY. Foster Promontory rd. South Gippsland-Kardella South. Inverloch-Kongwak rd. Buffalo-Tarwin Lower rd. Bruthen-Nowa Nowas rd. and the Princess HWY.

We know how important country roads are to country communities that why the Labor Government continues our record regional maintenance blitz that last year saw over 297,000 tonnes of asphalt laid and 145,000 potholes fixed. This year another 1,500 kilometres of roads will be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced.

The Labor Government has invested $425 million over two years into regional road maintenance in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget – on top of $87.2 million already committed for regional road rebuilds.

This includes rebuilding more sections of major corridors such as the Princes Highway through Gippsland and the Hume Freeway in the north east, as well as rebuilds on other key roads including Stawell-Warracknabeal Road near Minyip, Echuca-Kyabram Road near Echuca, and the Glenelg Highway near Skipton and Coleraine.

The maintenance program will also improve repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences, which all play an important role in road safety.

Regional councils are also delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads thanks to round two of the Labor Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads and strengthening bridges.

The full program of planned maintenance works is now live on Regional Roads Victoria’s online interactive map.

For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au to find out more.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“We’re delivering another massive program of road maintenance to make sure drivers in East and South Gippsland can safely get to where they’re going, on smoother and more reliable roads.”

“We know how important these roads are to families who are heading to work or dropping the kids off at school – that’s why we’re fixing them.”