SOUTH-WEST Victorian communities and industries will be better connected to commercial centres with the duplication of the Princes Highway West between Winchelsea and Colac officially starting construction today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that local communities have been involved in shaping this project at every stage to help ensure the Australian Government in delivering what is best for the region.
“The Australian and Victorian Governments have each committed $185.5 million to complete the duplication works between Winchelsea and Colac,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson marked the start of construction at a site event in Colac today.
“This route serves many important industries in south-west Victoria, including agriculture, forestry, grain growing, dairy and tourism,” Ms Henderson said.
“This upgrade will increase efficiency and safety for motorists and heavy vehicles travelling on the Princes Highway West.
“The Princes Highway West is a major link to tourist attractions, such as the Great Ocean Road, and is a vital link for regional Victorians to commercial centres such as the port of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.”
Victorian Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the project would considerably improve Colac’s main thoroughfare, delivering a new pedestrian bridge over Barongarook Creek, and upgrades to five pedestrian crossings.
“The benefits of this project won’t be confined to the Colac community, but will be felt right throughout the region, including local residents, tourists and the freight industry,” Ms Tierney said.
“Projects such as this are incredibly important and will ensure we continue to create jobs, drive growth and strengthen regional Victoria.”
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.