Mans­field gets $1.5m

State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for lo­cal roads projects

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RAH LOH jloh@ne­me­dia.com.au

MANS­FIELD is set to ben­e­fit from a $1.5 mil­lion boost to lo­cal roads af­ter a joint fund­ing an­nounce­ment was made last week.

Vis­it­ing town on Fri­day, La­bor Up­per House mem­ber Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria), an­nounced $1 mil­lion in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing – money that will be pooled with $500,000 from the Mans­field Shire Coun­cil.

To­gether, the funds will al­low for the com­ple­tion of not only stage one of the Mans­field Heavy Ve­hi­cle By­pass, but also the re­place­ment of the bridge on Lakins Road.

“These projects, funded by the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment and Mans­field Shire Coun­cil, were iden­ti­fied by Mans­field Shire and will im­prove safety on lo­cal roads,” Ms Symes said.

“We know how im­por­tant road safety is to coun­try Vic­to­ri­ans and that is why La­bor is in­vest­ing in lo­cal projects to make our roads safer.”

The projects are: re­place­ment of a sin­gle lane three tonne load lim­ited tim­ber and steel bridge with a ma­jor cul­vert struc­ture. New struc­ture to be ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing truck and heavy ma­chin­ery, have safety bar­ri­ers and be on an im­proved align­ment. The bridge is lo­cated at Black Creek, Lakins Road, Mans­field.

Con­struc­tion of 1.4km pave­ment and seal­ing of Dead Horse Lane West, Mans­field from Mid­land Link to Withers Lane as part of the Mans­field Heavy Ve­hi­cle By­pass. Pro­posed works in­clude road widen­ing, drainage in­stal­la­tion (cul­verts), full depth pave­ment con­struc­tion suit­able for heavy ve­hi­cles, seal­ing in­clud­ing shoul­ders, and in­ter­sec­tion works to al­low B-dou­ble turn­ing move­ments. The project will al­low heavy ve­hi­cles to safely utilise the road and avoid the Mans­field cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

Ms Symes was joined by La­bor can­di­date for Eil­don, Sally Bren­nan, who said safer roads were a ben­e­fit to ev­ery­one.

Ms Bren­nan said $333 mil­lion has been spent by the State Gov­ern­ment this year on re­pair­ing, re­build­ing and resur­fac­ing 1500 kilo­me­tres of coun­try roads – cre­at­ing more than 650 con­struc­tion jobs in coun­try Vic­to­ria.

SAFER ROADS, SAFER RES­I­DENTS: $1.5 mil­lion will be spent on fin­ish­ing stage one of the Mans­field Heavy Ve­hi­cle By­pass, and re­plac­ing the bridge on Lakins Road. Fund­ing for the projects was an­nounced last Fri­day by Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria). She is pic­tured with (left) Mans­field Shire CEO Alex Green, La­bor can­di­date for Eil­don Sally Bren­nan, and act­ing mayor Harry Wes­ten­dorp.

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