Log truck on country Victorian road

Work is set to begin on the $4.5 million upgrade to widen a 7.5km section of Dunkeld-Cavendish Road near Karabeal, Victoria.

The major upgrade has been designed to ensure the road is safer and equipped to handle rising levels of traffic travelling in either direction. 

Acting Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jacinta Allan said, “This major upgrade will mean Dunkeld-Cavendish Road is safer, smoother and more reliable for the hundreds of drivers each day.”

Currently, there are sections of the road where vehicles are unable to pass each other while remaining on the sealed surface.

These rebuilding and widening works will ensure these sections have a full lane in each direction, as well as sealed shoulders to further boost safety for the communities and industries that travel this road every day.

Ms Allan said the Dunkeld-Cavendish Road serves as key link between the Glenelg and Henty Highways for up to 600 vehicles per day, including heavy vehicles transporting timber from local logging operations.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said, “I’ve heard overwhelmingly from the community that upgrading this road is a priority – that’s why we’re getting on and delivering this significant upgrade this construction season.

“Once complete, Dunkeld-Cavendish Road will provide a much better journey for communities and industries in the south-west.”

Works will commence on 20 January 2020 and will take several months to complete, weather permitting.

The upgrade is part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million investment in upgrading narrow roads across the state’s south-west.

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