>> Letter to the editor
Commitment to maintain our roads
ROADS are the lifeblood of country communities — that’s why we’re investing more than ever before to make our country roads safer and stronger.
Since coming to office, the Andrews Labor Government has doubled spending on road maintenance.
Over the next 12 months VicRoads will be doing more pavement work than it has done in decades, part of our $530 million investment to improve regional roads.
In this financial year alone, VicRoads will fix more than 1,400 km of roads across the state.
And we’re not just filling pot holes; we’re rebuilding entire sections of some of our most critical links.
West of Echuca, we’re rebuilding a section of the Murray Valley Highway at Wharparilla to make it more reliable for the region’s grain and fruit producers.
We’re doing major work on the Murray Valley Highway at Reedy Lake, Echuca-Mooroopna Road at Wyuna East, Sunraysia Highway at Morton Plains and on PrairieRochester Road.
We’re also building the infrastructure that we know saves lives on rural roads.
We’re rolling out more than 1,700 km of wire rope barriers, upgrading road shoulders and widening centre lines on the state’s most dangerous country roads.
The VicRoads maintenance budget was $157 million in the last year of the previous Liberal/National government – this year we have allocated $343.2 million to maintenance.
One thing is clear — the Liberals and Nationals chronically underfunded road maintenance. Only Labor is investing the money needed to keep people safe on our roads.
By dumping the dud East West Link in the city, we’ve been able to redirect $690 million in funding to regional roads upgrades.
It was the right call and one, as Minister, I am proud to stand by.
But we will not stop investing in our critical roads infrastructure.
The VicRoads’ senior leadership team has spent the last few weeks touring country Victoria, talking to locals about how they can better plan, build, manage and maintain the
We’re not just filling pot holes