REGION - The Mortlake-Ararat Road and the Glenelg Highway are set to benefit from the Victorian Government's $170 million package to address the condition of Victorian roads.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said the Mortlake-Ararat Road will see the benefit of a $1 million investment in works at Maroona, Rossbridge and Lake Bolac, which will take place early in 2014 and be completed before the winter months of the year.
"Mortlake-Ararat Road is a key connector in the district, supporting farming communities and rural Victorians. These works will provide a long-term benefit to these road users."
"This series of road repair works will ensure a safer and smoother drive, which I'm sure will be welcomed by the community."
Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay welcomed the Glenelg Highway funding.
"The Glenelg Highway will involve $635,000 in repair works at Skipton, which will commence early in 2014, also to be completed prior to winter," he said.
Mr Delahunty said that for the first time, VicRoads has a dedicated, multi-year capital program for road maintenance.
"This initiative includes $90 million which will go towards renewing deteriorated roads by strengthening the pavement and a further $80 million for resurfacing works to make roads more resilient to wet weather," Mr Delahunty said.
"The $170 million package will be delivered across three years, and will be a big improvement on the previous system that allocated funds on an annual basis."
"The previous system sometimes resulted in a short-term focus and didn't always provide the best solution for the long-term."
"Making this significant commitment over the course of three years will give certainty which will lead to better decisions about the timing and type of maintenance to be carried out."
The new $170 million three-year package will allow VicRoads to develop a comprehensive program of works to be rolled out across the state.
VicRoads regularly inspects the arterial road network in accordance with the Road Management Act to ensure all roads are in a safe condition. These inspections help to identify road damage before they become hazardous. Where required, VicRoads also erects warning signs to notify motorists of the condition of the road.
VicRoads encourages all road users to notify it of any road hazards by calling 13 11 71.