WORK to duplicate a section of Princes Highway west is on a “go-slow timetable” in order to cut costs, according to the state opposition.
Opposition roads spokesman Luke Donnellan said the early 2014 completion date would not be met for the dual carriageway project between Winchelsea and Waurn Ponds.
He said south-west motorists would have to endure longer trips to Geelong and Melbourne due to slow progress.
But the state government has rejected the criticism and claimed the project will be delivered on time and on budget.
“The Coalition is really dragging its feet when it comes to duplicating the highway because they want to shrink the amount of cash allocated to road projects,” Mr Donnellan said.
“There’s no sense that they want to push ahead and finish on time, or even ahead of time.
“By employing less people to work on projects such as Princes Highway west, it requires less cash.
“I would say that they’re storing up money for their piggy bank for the 2014 election.
“But in the meantime, motorists suffer.”
A spokeswoman for state Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the duplicated section of highway would be delivered on budget and on time for early 2014.
Several milestones have been achieved this calendar year, including a new connection between the Princes Highway and Geelong Ring Road in Waurn Ponds opened by Mr Mulder and then prime minister Julia Gillard.
A new bridge will be built in Winchelsea, north of the existing bridges, in order to link with the new duplicated highway.