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Upgrades announced for busy freight routes in regional Victoria

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Truckies using the Wimmera and Henty Highways in the state’s west can expect safer and smoother journeys thanks to major upgrades, promises the Andrews government.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Ports and Freight Melissa Horne this week announced 5.54km of the Henty Highway has been improved, with another four sections soon to be complete.

Horne also revealed that more than 3.9km of the Wimmera Highway will also be repaired across five sections, benefitting approximately 2000 drivers who use the highway per day, including more than 200 trucks and other heavy vehicles.

All works are scheduled for completion by the end of May, weather permitting.

So far, road rehabilitation works on the Henty have been carried out at Brimbank North between Wardles Road West and Ryans Road.

Works are also underway at Byrneville between Coffeys Road and Minyip-Dimboola Road, with traffic management in place around the worksite for the safety of drivers and workers.

Further improvements will take place across sections of the Henty Highway in Rosebery and the Beulah township.

The works form part of the Labor government’s $780 million investment in maintaining the state’s road assets, and build on road rehabilitation works undertaken last year across a 7.5km stretch of the Henty Highway, just before the Horsham-Minyip Road turn off.

“We know how important it is to ensure our road freight and farming network can continue to move safely and efficiently,” said Horne.

“That’s why we’re investing in maintaining our regional roads across the state, including delivering these upgrades on the Henty Highway.”

Since the start of the year, crews have been on-site rebuilding and repairing sections of the Wimmera at Bates Lake near Hauslers-Dundons Road, and between Quantong Cemetery Road and Vectis Station Road in Vectis.

Works will begin in the next few weeks between Molyneaux Road and Max Johns Road, and Forster Road and Kooreh Road, with additional works to take place next month at Murtoa township.

Lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during the works, with traffic management on-site to help road users around the area.

The works form part of the Labor government’s $780 million investment in maintaining Victoria’s road assets, and build on road rehabilitation works undertaken last year on the Wimmera Highway at Dooen, Rupanyup, Jung and Vectis.

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