Minyip road project
A 500-metre section of road surface on Stawell-warracknabeal Road at Minyip will undergo resurfacing work after damage caused by trees.
Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said the project would correct road damage caused by the root systems of a plantation of 136 sugar gums on a road reserve.
She said the roots had encroached under pavement and caused the road surface to break up and become hazardous.
Regional Roads Victoria will start removing the 136 trees from the road reserve this month before completing road rehabilitation.
Ms Pulford said work would include revegetation of the rear of the road reserve with a more appropriate indigenous variety of tree.
Regional Roads Victoria is working with the Minyip community to salvage wood for resale to fund community projects in the town.
It will also involve Landcare volunteers and Minyip Primary School students in replanting the road reserve.
“Clearly tree roots have caused major damage to this section of road and getting it fixed is a priority,” Ms Pulford said.
“The works scheduled to begin later this month will vastly improve the road surface and make it safer for all road users.”