FOUR significant upgrades of central Victorian roads were announced yesterday by Victorian roads minister Terry Mulder.
Mr Mulder announced:
- A $375,000 safety upgrade for five kilometres of the Pyrenees Highway between Elphinstone and Chewton;
- $750,000 for work at a number of locations of the Lancefield-Woodend Road near Newman;
- $287,000 to upgrade three major sections of the Bendigo-Pyramid Road near Raywood; and
- $260,000 worth of work on the Bridgewater-Maldon Road in Bridgewater.
Mr Mulder said the four roads were all important freight and tourist routes between Melbourne and the Victorian north central region.
“The... works program, managed by VicRoads, will be carried out to restore and replace various deteriorated sections on these key roads,” he said.
“The investment on these roads will help improve their smoothness and durability for heavy vehicles, and also help to prolong the roads’ life.”
The repairs on the Newman, Raywood and Bridgewater roads will include road surface stabilisation, pothole and cracked road surfaces repairs, and laying new road surfaces with refreshed linemarking.
Mr Mulder said the Pyrenees Highway upgrade aimed to reduce the risk of crashes.
Twelve casualty crashes including one fatality occurred in the five-year period ending December 2012.
“This section of the Pyrenees Highway is a windy road in a rolling terrain,” Mr Mulder said.
“The safety improvement works include installing new wire rope safety barriers, new steel guardrails, removing trees, culvert extension and improving the line marking.
“These works will improve the safety of this section of the highway by treating the existing roadside risks to minimise run-off road type accidents.”
The works contract is expected to be awarded within the coming months.