THE highway duplication from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea has progressed another step with the final section of work under way.
Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson was on site on Friday to turn the first sod on the final two-kilometre section of the project between Austin Street and Deans Marsh Road in Winchelsea.
Ms Henderson said the $171 million project, jointly funded by state and federal governments, highlighted a commitment to deliver real benefits to the region.
Member for Polwarth and Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder said the latest works would duplicate two kilometres of the highway in Winchelsea.
“While a new bridge will be constructed over the Barwon River, the old bluestone bridge will be retained at the request of the local community,” he said.
“Built in the 1970s, the bridge will be converted to be used by pedestrians and cyclists, improving their safety by separating them from highway traffic.” The works are expected to be completed midway through next year.