Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Premier Daniel Andrews.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Premier Daniel Andrews. Contributed

$333 million for regional roads

THE biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has seen will fix hundreds of regional roads, giving drivers safer, faster and more reliable journeys.

The Victorian Budget 2018-19 allocated $941million to get on with the job of fixing Victoria's regional road network, saving lives and establishing a dedicated country roads body.

Regional Roads Victoria will be a new division of VicRoads, based in Ballarat, with staff in regional centres across the state.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the Government was giving country Victorians "safer and more reliable roads”.

"We're making this record investment to reduce congestion, improve safety and support primary producers to get their goods to market,” he said.

Regional Roads Victoria will oversee a $333million boost to road maintenance, with more than 1000km of roads to be repaired, resurfaced or rebuilt.

In addition to the record maintenance spend, a $100million Fixing Country Roads fund will be established to provide grants to rural and regional councils for local repairs.

The Government is continuing to invest in road safety, with a further $229million to save lives on Victoria's most high-risk roads through the Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan, with more overtaking lanes, rumble strips and intersection upgrades.

The Budget includes $98million for planning and pre-construction of new bypasses on the Western Highway at Beaufort and Ararat, as well as $40million to upgrade the Princes Highway West between Colac and the South Australia border.

Key sections of the Calder, Hamilton and Kiewa Valley Highways will also be upgraded.

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