Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan has announced a further $60m will be invested by the Coalition Government into upgrading the Princes Highway.
The funding will be used to provide further safety upgrades, passing lanes and duplication work between Warrnambool and Port Fairy consistent with the Princes Highway corridor strategy.
Over 14,000 vehicles a day use the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy and we want to ensure the road is upgraded to manage the ever-increasing traffic flows.
“This is a new commitment. It’s on top of the $80 million already committed under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, through which we will be supporting targeted improvements to the Princes and Henty highways, Portland-Casterton Road and Portland-Nelson Road.” Mr Tehan said.
This year’s Federal Budget earmarked $300 million for Victoria for upgrades to the Princes Highway.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said that with the Prince Highway crossing three states, it provides an important link between regional communities and allows freight to be moved from key agricultural areas to major cities and ports.
“The Coalition Government has committed $1 billion to deliver improvements along the whole length of the Princes Highway, but it is identifying the local priorities to improve safety, reduce travel times and support local industry and tourism that actually make a difference,” Mr McCormack said.
Mr Tehan acknowledged the strong advocacy of local councils in identifying their priorities and in urging all governments to play their part in upgrading our local roads.
“The community has made it loud and clear they want more done to improve our local roads. Given that the Coalition Government has now provided this additional money I again call on the Andrews Government to partner with us on this important set of upgrades,” Mr Tehan said.
Mr Tehan said investing in regional roads has been a key focus of the Coalition Government.
This announcement builds on the Coalition Government’s support for local roads through the $2.2 billion Local and State Government Road Safety Package to help address accident black spots and local road and bridge upgrades.
This includes a 25 per cent increase in the Roads to Recovery allocations for local councils to maintain the roads they are responsible for, bringing annual Roads to Recovery payments to $500 million across the nation.
“This investment is possible because the Coalition Government has an economic plan to build our economy, secure our future and keep the Budget strong so we can keep making these kinds of investments.
More information on the Princes Highway Corridor Strategy is available at https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/princes-highway/