THE State member for the south-west has warned new body Regional Roads Victoria "they've got a bloody big job ahead of them".
Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said she was receiving calls daily about the state of the roads across the region.
That included complaints about a huge pothole at the south end of the Warrnambool-Caramut Road which was repaired this week.
“The Minister for Roads always uses winter as an excuse for the shocking state of our roads, but the fact is they should be built to stand up to winter conditions," she said.
"The funding announced earlier this week did not include $1 over what had previously been announced.
"The new body Regional Roads Victoria has got a bloody big job ahead of them."
Ms Britnell called for repairs to be done right the first time.
"We've seen repairs to roads fall apart after just weeks and months across the electorate," she said.
"Our roads are shocking, to the extent that they are in places dangerous. The State Government needs to put the necessary resources into what has become a massive issue.
"Otherwise it's just throwing good money after bad," she said.
State Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said that since coming to office, the State Government had spent $856 million on country road maintenance.
“Over the previous four years the Liberal/National Government spent $458m. It’s in black and white in the budget papers,” he said.
“Roma Britnell is no friend of country roads. In three years she’s delivered nothing for the south-west and when last in power the Liberals slashed funding for country roads and sacked 450 VicRoads staff.
“While the Nationals whinge, we’re getting on with the job.
“Work will start on the on Warrnambool-Caramut Road, Cobden-Port Campbell Road, Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road and hundreds of other locations across Victoria when the weather warms,” he said.
Regional Roads Victoria will oversee a record $333 million maintenance program - statewide.
This includes a dedicated $84 million maintenance program for south western Victoria.
Under this program, RRV will begin improvement and repair work on roads in 2018/19, including the Penshurst-Warrnambool Road, Koroit-Port Fairy Road, Hamilton-Port Fairy Road, Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road, Hopkins Highway, Henty Highway, Hamilton Highway, and Ettrick-Tyrendarra Road.
The Victorian Government has also invested $40 million to widen and improve narrow roads in south-western Victoria.
Three more roads will be targeted this season, including the Warrnambool-Caramut Road, Coleraine-Edenhope Road, and Casterton-Apsley Road.
The Australian and Victorian governments have invested $40 million to improve the three major roads leading to the Port of Portland, as part of the Green Triangle program.
In 2017/2018, VicRoads completed included resurfacing 30km of Portland-Nelson Road between Portland and the South Australian border, nine kilometres of pavement and 13km of asphalt works on the Henty Highway between Heywood to Hamilton, two kilometres of the Portland Ring Road (Henty Highway) was rebuilt, the Portland Ring Road intersection at Madeira Packet Road was rebuilt and the Henty Highway/Princes Highway intersection near Portland was resurfaced
There was also final sealing of about 32km of Portland-Casterton Road between Casterton and Drumborg
In 2018/19 RRV will focus on resurface about 28 kilometres of the Henty Highway between Portland and Hamilton. This will include rebuilding a one kilometre section of the highway near Myamyn
About 15 kilometres of Portland-Casterton Road will be improved. This will include about four kilometres of road rebuilding works between Merino and Casterton
And Final seals will be placed on about 24 kilometres of the Portland-Nelson Road between Portland and the South Australian border with just over one kilometre of the road being rebuilt near Nelson.
The Australian and Victorian governments have invested $40 million to improve the Princes Highway between Colac and the South Australian border.
In 2017/18 VicRoads has rebuilt about nine kilometres (8 sections) of the Princes Highway between Mumbannar and the South Australian border
· Rebuilt the Princes Highway / Henty Highway intersections at Heywood
· Resurfaced several intersections between Camperdown to Terang
· Resurfaced Raglan Parade (Princes Highway) between Liebig Street to Glenrowe Avenue (2.5km section / eastbound only)
· Resurfaced 100m section immediately west of Terang
· Resurfaced about 8.4km of the road at various locations between Boorcan and Port Fairy
In 2018/19, RRV will:
· Rebuild about 9km (nine sections) between Drumborg and Mumbannar
· Rebuild about 2km between Heywood and Bolwarra and major patching between Heywood and Bolwarra
· Resurface about 9km between Mumbannar and the South Australian border
· Resurface various locations between Yambuk to Heywood
· Rebuild eight sections between Camperdown and Goose Lagoon