Decaying south-west roads battered by heavy trucks and wet weather will get more than $10.5 million in state government repair funding.
The biggest component will be $8 million for Roads Minister Terry Mulder’s Polwarth electorate, including resheeting 1.5 kilometres of the east-bound overtaking lane of the Princes Highway near Mackinnons Bridge, Boorcan.
Premier Denis Napthine’s South West Coast electorate has been allocated $1.9 million for repairs to the Henty Highway at the Portland Ring Road and the Hamilton intersection with Port Fairy Road.
Another $635,000 has been allocated for repairs to the Glenelg Highway at Skipton in the electorate of Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay.
Mr Mulder said the money was from a $170 million package in this year’s state budget to deliver repair projects over three years.
“This initiative includes $90 million which will go towards renewing deteriorating roads by strengthening the pavement and a further $80 million for resurfacing works to make roads more resilient to wet weather,” he said yesterday.
Polwarth roads in yesterday’s announcements also include 2.2 kilometres of resheeting of the Great Ocean Road from Smythes Creek to Browns Creek, two kilometres at Irrewillipe on the Timboon-Colac Road, 2.3km of the Hamilton Highway at Warrambine Creek and near Darlington and Mortlake, 3.5km of the Colac-Ballarat Road and 1.5km of the Shelford-Bannockburn Road.
Mr Mulder said these roads carried high volumes of commuter, freight and tourism traffic.
Dr Napthine said the Henty Highway carried thousands of vehicles a day, many of which were laden with milk, livestock, timber and other freight.
“Their weight and impact on the road surface eventually has an effect on pavement, resulting in rough patches and potholes,” Dr Napthine said.
“Once these works are complete motorists will be able to enjoy a safer, smoother and more even surface.”
Most of the pavement repair and resheeting will be 1.9km on Portland’s Ring Road between New Street at the rail overpass.