24 May 2017

Significant progress made on Princes highway duplication project

I am excited by the significant progress being made by construction crews working to duplicate the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac.

The project, which features a $185.5m investment from the Federal Government, covers 37 km and will be delivered in four sections.

Fine weather over the last few months has helped workers keep the project on schedule.  However, recent rainfall and a drop in daytime temperatures are expected to slow construction work down over the winter months.

Initial sealing works on the westbound carriageway of the 11.5km section of the project from Deans Marsh Road to west of Armytage Road are almost finished. Work crews are hoping to switch traffic to the westbound carriageway at the end of the month if the final 1km section of sealing works can be completed before winter sets in. Work crews will then focus their attention on the eastbound carriageway.

The Princes Highway is the main road link between Melbourne, south-west Victoria and South Australia. Traffic volumes on the section of the highway between Winchelsea and Colac vary from 5,500 vehicles per day to 8,100 vehicles per day.

Duplicating this road will mean great benefits for the dairy, timber, livestock , grain and tourism industries. It is anticipated that the traffic volumes will increase by 3.5% per annum.

The project is already providing great benefits to the Victorian economy, supporting 483 jobs during the construction phase.

I am so proud that the Turnbull Government is delivering this vital infrastructure project through to Colac.

Since 2009, I have campaigned for the Princes Highway duplication and it is wonderful to see such significant progress being made.

23 May 2017