$1.16m roadworks to get under way in Shire
ALPINE roads will see over $1M worth of improvements following a recent announcement from Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes.
It was revealed that upgrades would take place in Porepunkah, Bright and Eurobin, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Fixing Country Roads Fund.
The most expensive of the three projects will be the $529,000 spent on Station Street, Porepunkah.
Works will include the infill of kerb, channel and footpaths along the street and the construction of missing sections of footpath and kerb.
Pavement width will also be increased to provide a consistent traffic lane with parallel parking bays on each side.
Further up towards Bright, reconstructions of pavement areas will take place to widen the remaining section of Churchill Avenue at the key intersection where it meets Morse Creek Road.
More than $300,000 will then be spent on a heavy vehicle upgrade at Eurobin to facilitate safe and ongoing B-Double access to Buffalo Creek Road.
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy recently questioned Labor’s commitment to regional roads, calling them “city centric”.
“We need real investment and to plan for better roads in Ovens Valley,” he said.
The Liberal Nationals have pledged an investment of $1 billion over ten years to fix country roads.
“No more patch-up jobs, but proper fixes to get back in control of regional road maintenance,” Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh said.
Labor’s candidate for Ovens Valley, Kate Doyle, who joined Ms Symes at the announcement, said road users did not care whether they were driving on state or local government road.
“They welcome investment and improvement on the roads they use every day,” she added.
“I am pleased to see the Labor Government investing in the roads that are important to councils in the electorate of Ovens Valley and these projects will make a big difference to the experience on these local roads.”