Nine roads in maintenance plan

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting, Jack Lyons, Gary Blackwood and Greg Bickley look over plans at Myrtle Street.

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting, Jack Lyons, Gary Blackwood and Greg Bickley look over plans at Myrtle Street.

ROADS in the Bendigo region will receive just over $5 million of the state government's $130 million road maintenance fund later this year.

The funding will restore 1.15 kilometres of Long Gully-White Hills Road east of Gibson Street, and a small section near Eaglehawk Road.

Eight other sections of road are also listed in the package, including 800 metres of Myrtle Street north from the Wills Street intersection.

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said they were having the contracts set up in anticipation of better conditions for roadworks.

"It's certainly going to deal with the priority areas that we've identified," he said.

"These areas, particularly in urban Bendigo, carry heavy traffic and we know that they are showing signs of distress, we know that some areas are very distressed."

The works are expected to begin in the dry months later this year.

Other restoration works will include one kilometre of McIvor Highway east of Axedale, the Myers-Wills Street intersection, 400 metres of the Midland Highway at the car sales precinct in Epsom and 350 metres of the Northern Highway south of Elmore.

Parliamentary secretary for transport Gary Blackwood announced the funding in front of the Golden Vine Hotel on Monday morning.

Mr Blackwood said the government needs to maintain roads to cope with Bendigo's projected population increase.

"Bendigo's population is increasing about 1.4 per cent a year at the moment, expected to increase to about 1.8 per cent a year in the coming years," he said.

"We need to make sure we keep ahead of the game and maintain our road assets in a way that makes them safer and more user friendly."

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