CORANGAMITE Shire Council has welcomed the completion of road works on one part of Foxhow Road but wants other sections to be upgraded.
Cr Geoff Smith said Foxhow Road was part of an important road link between the Princes and Hamilton highways and the council looked forward to other sections of the road being upgraded in future.
State Roads Minister Terry Mulder yesterday announced the completion of a $3 million project that realigned and widened a hazardous 1.2-kilometre section of Foxhow Road at Foxhow.
Mr Mulder said the road attracted a high volume of heavy vehicles but was not originally designed to carry today’s freight volumes.
He said contractors had faced several challenges during construction, including wet winter conditions and environmental factors.
“Due to the proximity to Lake Gnarpurt and Lake Corangamite, and a number of cultural heritage sites, VicRoads has undertaken extensive studies to ensure that environmental and cultural values are protected and retained,” Mr Mulder said.
“These upgrades, in combination with the $735 million jointly funded Princes Highway duplication from Geelong to Colac, will provide a safer and more efficient route between Warrnambool and Geelong.”
The minister said road maintenance works were vital in keeping the road network safe.
Cr Smith said Foxhow Road had been a problem for many years and the council was grateful to the state government for recognising the issue and taking action.
Cr Smith also acknowledged the state government’s $1 million contribution to Corangamite Shire roads through the Country Roads and Bridges Program.
“This contribution is vital in helping us maintain and upgrade our roads network and we look forward to this continuing into the future,” he said.