Upgrades for two key Victorian freight routes

Two key freight routes across Victoria’s south west will undergo major road rebuilding works.

Four sections across the Glenelg and Hamilton highways will be targeted in the coming weeks, supporting the producers of millions of dollars of local goods being transported across the state.

“The Glenelg and Hamilton highways are the lifeblood of the south west, which is why these important works are underway to ensure the local community, farmers, freight operators and tourists can get to where they need to go,” said Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney.

With work already underway along the Glenelg Highway, crews will be delivering a 2.4 kilometre rehabilitation east of Hamilton and a 2.3 kilometre road rebuild between Casterton and Coleraine.

The Hamilton Highway will see one of the largest road rebuilding projects for the 2022/23 maintenance season which includes 3.5 kilometre between Mortlake and Darlington. A second section of the Hamilton Highway will also be rebuilt at Hexham.

Other works set to be delivered across the region between now and mid-2023 include major road maintenance projects on Henty Highway and Casterton-Penola Road.

“We’re strengthening roads right across Victoria, including in the state’s south west, to improve connections for local drivers, freight operators and visitors to the regions,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne.

“Our regional road maintenance blitz will ensure smoother, more reliable journeys along these major highways which serve as prime freight routes for the local dairy and timber industries.”

More than 160 individual maintenance projects will be delivered across the state’s south-west as part of the Victorian Government’s 2022/23 regional road maintenance blitz, with around $39 million invested in rebuilding, resurfacing and resealing more than 245 kilometres of roads.

The Victorian Government has so far invested $780 million to maintain the state’s road assets for 2022/23, with over 1300 road maintenance projects set to be completed across the state.

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