NEARLY 140 kilometres of the Calder Highway between Wedderburn and Sea Lake will receive a $138,000 upgrade due to state government funding announced yesterday.
Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh said years of wet weather had impacted on the condition of roads throughout the region, leading to the rapid deterioration of some parts of the Calder Freeway and Calder Highway.
He said the works would enable the road to continue in its role as the major freight and commuter route between Melbourne and Mildura.
“VicRoads has managed these with short-term safety repairs, however longer term repair works require a series of large asphalt patches,” he said. “This will ensure its ongoing safety for all road users.”
Loddon Shire Council acting chief executive Jude Holt said they had brought up concerns about the highway with VicRoads management.
“Over the last year with the wetter weather we’ve been observing more damage on our roads than we normally would,” she said. “The Calder is obviously an important transport route for us, and the state as a whole.
“It’s obviously been recognised as such not only locally but at a state level, so it’s very good news.”
The works are part of the Victorian Government’s $45 million commitment, which include road works on the Leitchville-Pyramid Road and the Loddon Valley Highway at Tragowel.