Western Highway works to make road safer

VICROADS has warned drivers to take care on the roads, as a number of works are in full swing.

Western region acting regional director Mal Kersting said VicRoads was rebuilding deteriorating sections of the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border.

He said the works were to make the road safer and stronger for drivers.

Works are happening near Nhill, Dimboola, Pimpinio and Burnt Creek.

“Three kilometres of the highway has been reconstructed and strengthened at both Burnt Creek and Pimpinio,” Mr Kersting said.

“The final resealing should be completed by Christmas.”

Mr Kersting said the state government was investing $48 million in resurfacing, asphalting, sealing and shoulder repair at more than 100 locations in western Victoria.

“Most works will occur over summer, when warmer, dryer weather allows new road surfaces to cure,” he said.

“At the completion of these projects, any temporary reduced speed limits currently in place will be removed.”

Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said roadwork was ramping up in every region of the state from major highway duplications to improved signs and road safety treatments.

“We’ve doubled spending on road maintenance since coming to office and this massive overhaul of the way VicRoads does business will make sure country communities get the road work they need,” he said.

VicRoads has already released a new digital dashboard on its website to track progress of road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts.