North East $56m road fix

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

North East Vic­to­ria will re­ceive $56 mil­lion for road main­te­nance as part of a $941 mil­lion re­gional pack­age al­lo­cated in this year’s Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment Bud­get.

As part of the un­prece­dented road work blitz, ur­gently needed re­pairs will be car­ried out on sec­tions of the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way, Echuca- Kyabram Rd and the Mid­land High­way as well as dozens of other roads.

Across the state more than 1000km of roads will be re­paired, resur­faced or re­built.

It’s not just the key ar­te­ri­als that are set for an up­grade, lo­cal coun­cils will be able to ap­ply to the new $100 mil­lion Fix­ing Coun­try Roads fund, to get the sup­port they need to fix their lo­cal roads.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said this was a mas­sive in­vest­ment in lo­cal roads.

“It will see ma­jor up­grades, resur­fac­ing and re­builds across the north east - giv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties the roads they can rely on,” Ms Symes said.

“Over the last 12 months we’ve seen an enor­mous amount of road work across the north east – while there is al­ways more to do and road works can be frus­trat­ing - the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing in the roads re­gional com­mu­ni­ties need.”

To over­see this mas­sive in­vest­ment, the La­bor Gov­ern­ment will es­tab­lish Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria (RRV), a divi­sion of VicRoads, based in Bal­larat, with staff in re­gional cen­tres across the state.

Led by a Chief Re­gional Roads Of­fi­cer, RRV will have the sole fo­cus of giv­ing coun­try com­mu­ni­ties roads they can rely on.

The north east will also see im­por­tant up- grades to vi­tal con­nec­tions the Kiewa Val­ley High­way, which will be up­graded be­tween Wodonga and Mount Beauty to im­prove safety, travel times and freight pro­duc­tiv­ity

This enor­mous in­vest­ment in coun­try roads builds on the record break­ing pro­gram of up­grades and main­te­nance car­ried out across Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing Hume at Wal­lan and Euroa, the Goul­burn Val­ley High­way at Yea and on Kata­matite-Yar­ra­wonga Road.

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