An­other road-build­ing body for Vic­to­ria

Ma­jor Road Projects Author­ity has $15 bil­lion ready to spend

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HOT ON the heels of a re­con­sti­tuted coun­try roads author­ity, Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria (RRV), the state is gain­ing a sim­i­lar body to cover other parts of the state, specif­i­cally the outer sub­urbs of Mel­bourne. On the state Bud­get eve, the state gov­ern­ment an­nounced that the Ma­jor Road Projects Author­ity (MRPA) will over­see a $14.9 bil­lion-plus pipe­line of ma­jor road projects.

“The up­grades aim to re­duce con­ges­tion and travel times, im­prove safety and con­nect com­mu­ni­ties across the west­ern, outer-north­ern and south-eastern sub­urbs,” the state gov­ern­ment says as it un­der­lines road build­ing and main­te­nance as a key spend­ing pri­or­ity as the elec­tion looms.

The Bud­get will in­clude what is dubbed the Sub­ur­ban Roads Up­grade, a $2.2 bil­lion pack­age to up­grade 13 ar­te­rial roads across the north­ern and south-eastern sub­urbs, and is on top of the $1.8 bil­lion West­ern Roads Up­grade an­nounced in last year’s Bud­get.

Along­side ma­jor up­grades to key roads such Plenty Road, O’Herns Road, and the Chan­dler High­way, this brings the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in tack­ling sub­ur­ban con­ges­tion to over $5 bil­lion since be­ing elected – an un­prece­dented cash in­jec­tion in the roads that local peo­ple rely on every day.

More than $1 bil­lion will be spent to widen and im­prove safety on roads across the north­ern sub­urbs, in­clud­ing Sun­bury Road, Craigieburn Road, Ep­ping Road and Childs Road. Bridge Inn Road in Doreen will also be up­graded as the North­ern Roads Up­grade de­liv­ers stage two of the Yan Yean Road du­pli­ca­tion.

The South Eastern Roads Up­grade will see mas­sive im­prove­ments to roads in­clud­ing Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pak­en­ham, Lathams Road in Car­rum Downs, Narre War­renCran­bourne Road in Cran­bourne and Pound Road West in Dan­de­nong South. Roads min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan de­scribes the promised spend as “the sin­gle big­gest in­vest­ment in sub­ur­ban roads in Vic­to­ria’s his­tory”.

“The up­grades aim to re­duce con­ges­tion and travel times”

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