The Victorian Government is half-way through its road maintenance efforts to improve roads across the state with 750km of roads now resurfaced, resealed or rebuilt to enable safer and smoother journeys for drivers.
Crews have been working around the clock to deliver the $425 million program, which has supported more than 1,000 jobs in regional Victoria and will improve 1,500km of regional roads once complete.
The program has seen almost 40,000 potholes filled and 10,000 signs repaired or replaced. Roads, including the Calder Freeway, Maroondah Highway, Fosters-Promontory Road, Camperdown-Lismore Road and Horsham-Kalkee Road, have been made safer and more durable.
With less holidaymakers now on the roads, the community will see even more projects getting underway as Regional Roads Victoria continues its intensive maintenance program before winter dampens road conditions.
Key routes with work still to come include the South Gippsland Highway, Goulburn Valley Highway, Sunraysia Highway, Bells Beach Road and Borung Highway.
As more work is done, road workers will help enforce changed traffic conditions and construction speed limits in place for the safety of the community and road workers.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford, said the regional roads maintenance program will support country communities, freight drivers and tourists right across the state.
“Crews are now halfway through their massive task of improving 1,500km of country roads – meaning more reliable journeys for visitors, communities and industries,” Ms Pulford said.
Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said, “We know how vital country roads are to communities – that’s why we’re getting on with the job of delivering this massive maintenance program.
“Our crews and working day and night to deliver smoother, safer and more durable roads to benefit all Victorians.”