TWENTY south-west intersections on busy milk tanker routes will be upgraded thanks to state government funding.
Two crossings in Moyne Shire and 18 in Glenelg Shire received allocations under the “Local Roads to Market Program”.
The 18 intersections in Glenelg Shire will share $480,000.
In Moyne Shire, major works to the tune of $841,333 will be done along the Woolsthorpe-Hexham Road.
That project will include realigning the intersection of Woolsthorpe-Hexham Road and Hexham-Ballangeich Road.
It will also be spent on reconstructing the Bostocks Road-Woolsthorpe-Hexham Road intersection as well as widening and improving the road surface.
The Labor Government is also putting $195,000 into the Barwon South West Dairy Supply Chain Study, which will aim to “identify and prioritise future road and bridge infrastructure upgrades that will improve the freight network and directly benefit dairy producers and processors in the region”.
The study will be conducted by Corangamite Shire in conjunction with the municipalities of Moyne, Colac Otway, Southern Grampians, and Warrnambool, as well as the Great South Coast Group.
The Glenelg Shire intersections to receive upgrades are in the farming areas around Condah, Heywood, Tyrendarra, Gorae West, Allestree, Milltown, Henty, Merino, Drumborg and Carapook.
State agriculture minister Jaala Pulford said the aim was to improve roads and bridges in order to better support Victorian dairy farmers.
“We are making improvements where it counts – sealing our bumpy gravel roads, fixing dangerous intersections and strengthening bridges to get Victoria’s great dairy products to market quickly and in top quality condition,” Ms Pulford said.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the upgrades not only helped dairy farmers but made “life better for all road users in the south-west”.