Regional Victoria maintenance blitz benefits freight operators

Vehicle operators across regional Victoria are experiencing safer and smoother journeys following a series of state-wide road improvements according to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford, and Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today visited Trentham-Kyneton Road today to mark the halfway mark of the blitz, with 750 kilometres of roads now resurfaced, resealed or rebuilt.

Crews have been working to deliver the $425 million program, which has supported more than 1,000 jobs in regional Victoria and will improve a total of 1,500 kilometres of regional roads once complete.

The blitz has seen almost 40,000 potholes filled, 10,000 signs repaired or replaced and roads including the Calder Freeway, Maroondah Highway, Fosters-Promontory Road, Camperdown-Lismore Road and Horsham-Kalkee Road made safer and more durable for locals and visitors to regional Victoria.

With less holidaymakers now on the road, 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 be out in force to help enforce changed traffic conditions and construction speed limits in place for the safety of the community and our road workers.

“We’re getting on with our regional roads maintenance blitz to support country communities, freight drivers and tourists right across the state,” said Pulford.

“Crews are now halfway through their massive task of improving 1500 kilometres of country roads – meaning more reliable journeys for visitors, communities and industries,” she 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 blitz,” said Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas. “Our crews and working day and night to deliver smoother, safer and more durable roads to benefit all Victorians.”

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