21 June 2016

$54m contract awarded for Princes Highway duplication

A major contract for the first stage of the Princes Highway Winchelsea to Colac has been awarded with works expected to commence soon.

The $54.6m contract for the 11.5km section between Deans Marsh Rd and Armytage Road has been awarded to WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson hailed the announcement as the first major milestone for the Winchelsea to Colac section.

“With motorists now enjoying the benefits of the Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea section – such as safer travel and reduced travel time – it’s great to see this announcement for Stage Two with work expected to begin within months.”

“Stage One works – the $3.7m 2km upgrade of Murray Street Colac – was completed in 2015.”

“Our government is contributing $185.5m towards the Winchelsea to Colac Princes Highway duplication.”

Duplication of the Princes Highway between Deans Marsh Road in Winchelsea and Armytage Road will provide around 11.5 km of dual divided highway with a wide median and 3.5 metre shoulder.

Five intersections will be upgraded to provide safer access to the highway from connecting roads; and safe system principles will be incorporated to minimise the risk of crashes along the road.

“The extension of the duplication towards south-west Victoria will mean great benefits for the dairy, timber, livestock and grain industries. Travel time benefits for freight vehicles alone are estimated at $18.3m over the next thirty years,” said Ms Henderson.

Other Turnbull government road funding in Corangamite includes:

  • a further $25m to the Great Ocean Road to fund vital upgrade projects.
  • $5m for upgrades to Forrest-Apollo Bay Road including slow vehicle turnouts
  • $300,000 to plan for a future Midland Highway duplication between Geelong and Bannockburn
  • $40.54m over four years in Roads to Recovery funding to local councils
  • $3.75m for blackspot road upgrades in Torquay, Modewarre, Smythesdale and Meredith if re-elected

“Modern roads infrastructure such as a duplicated Princes Highway is vital for local residents, regional businesses and our tourism industry, and I look forward to the start of works in the near future,” said Ms Henderson.

21 June 2016