$1.02 million to improve Great Alpine Road

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has welcomed a funding boost to upgrade the Great Alpine Road between Omeo and Mount Hotham.

“Regular travellers of the Great Alpine Road will be familiar with various sections of road between Omeo and Mt Hotham that have been patched up in recent times”, Mr Bull said.

“$1.02 million will now be invested to overhaul key sections along this road, making it much stronger and more resistant to weather conditions,” he said.

“Sections of damaged and potholed road surface will be dug up and rebuilt, to provide a smoother and safer journey for all road users.   “We’ve had strong feedback from the community who are keen to see more money invested in repairing damaged roads in this area,” Mr Bull said.

“Work on the Great Alpine Road will commence later in the year during the warmer and drier weather conditions required for successful road construction.

“This length of road will be re-examined to select the highest priority sites for remedial works.

“These works are in addition to repairs carried out along this stretch last summer,” Mr Bull said.

Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said Victorians will see more roads restored this year as a result of extra funding in the State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s recent budget allocated an extra $130 million to maintain Victorian roads on top of a $170 million boost for road maintenance last year,” Mr Mulder said.

“This takes the State’s road management budget to more than $500 million for the year 2014-15.   “This announcement for Great Alpine  Road is another example of how the Coalition Government is investing in better, safer roads for Victorians,” he said.   The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget also includes $5.5 million towards Princes Highway overtaking lanes between Orbost and Nowa Nowa and $625,000 for a rest area upgrade at Murrungowar.