The lack of road maintenance under the previous Labor government has meant underlying issues with the condition of Victorian roads were not exposed during nearly a decade of drought.
The fact is, after a number of major flood events and two years of wetter-than-normal weather, there has been far greater road maintenance required than ever anticipated. So we’ve directed another $45 million in fixing the problems. This takes the Victorian Coalition government’s road asset management budget for 2012/13 to $432.9 million — more than Labor ever provided in a year.
We’re getting on with the works now, because during winter months, it is not effective to carry out permanent pavement works in wet and cold conditions.
Heading into the warmer months Victorians can expect to see continuing improvements on the road network.