Up­grade for JamiesonLi­cola Road start­ing soon

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions / People Courier -

THE dust will soon set­tle for Jamieson-Li­cola Road res­i­dents when a safety up­grade to seal a 5.65 kilo­me­tre stretch of the gravel road gets un­der way in mid-Novem­ber.

Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) said the La­bor Gov­ern­ment is investing $871,000 through the Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Pro­gram for the much-needed project.

“We’ve heard the com­mu­nity wants to see as much of this gravel road sealed as pos­si­ble – that’s why sealed pave­ment will now ex­tend from town to the last of the res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties,” Ms Symes said.

“We’re giv­ing driv­ers a smoother and safer jour­ney through Jamieson – whether they’re lo­cals head­ing home or vis­i­tors trav­el­ling through to the Alps.”

The up­grade will give lo­cals a smoother and safer jour­ney as pot­holes, cor­ru­ga­tions, dust and rough sur­face are filled and smoothed as part of the road seal­ing up­grade.

In ad­di­tion to the new 5.65km of sealed road, fur­ther im­prove­ments in­clude new reg­u­la­tory and curve warn­ing sig­nage, guide­posts, mi­nor drainage works and some tree trim­ming to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity.

Once works are com­plete, a speed re­view will be un­der­taken in re­sponse to com­mu­nity calls to en­sure the most ap­pro­pri­ate speed is set for that stretch of road.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected for com­ple­tion prior to Christ­mas, with fi­nal sig­nage in­stal­la­tion un­der­taken early in 2020.

The $100 mil­lion Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Pro­gram as­sists ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­rian coun­cils to carry out im­por­tant road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­seal­ing works, road safety im­prove­ments, bridge strength­en­ing and other up­grades.

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