ROAD MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR CENTRAL VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government’s new, dedicated country roads body, Regional Roads Victoria, has opened its doors and is getting started on the biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen.

Across Central Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria will oversee more than $54 million of improvement works on roads right across the region’s 3,800-kilometre arterial network.

As the weather warms, crews will be out in force completing upgrade works on the roads that local communities and industries rely on every day, as part of the record $333 million state-wide maintenance package.

More than 376 kilometres of road will be repaired, rebuilt of resurfaced, improving the quality of the regional road network that services the regions’ growing tourism and freight industries.

This season, a deteriorated 1.2 kilometre section of Kilmore-Lancefield Road near Lancemore Hill will be fixed thanks to a $1.9 million upgrade to improve road surface on the busy connection to jobs and schools.

Tourists visiting shops and cafes in Kyneton and those heading to Lake Eppalock will benefit from a safer and smoother journey with more than half a million dollars set to strengthen and resurface a section of Heathcote-Kyneton Road.

Other key connections will also be improved with surface improvement works on Aitken and Robertson Streets in Gisborne and Main Street in Romsey.

The works add to significant investment in Central Victorian roads with upgrades ahead for Barry and Main Street intersection and crossings in Lancefield, Riddles Creek and Romsey.

Victorians will now be able to find out what works are underway or planned across the state via the new website – regionalroads.vic.gov.au – or through the new, dedicated, Ballarat-based call centre 133 RRV (778).

For the first time, the community can view and keep track of the annual program of maintenance works and projects thanks to a new interactive state-wide map.

Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan

“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance and from today regional Victoria will have a dedicated agency solely focused on fixing country roads.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“We’re making sure regional Victorians have safer, smoother roads to connect them with families, friends and jobs.”

“The massive program of works is just the beginning – we’ll have more to say about road rebuilds, resurfacing and further upgrades as the maintenance season ramps up.”