Work begins on Western Highway upgrade

Construction of new Melbourne-bound overtaking lane along the Western Highway at Kiata gets underway

October 25, 2012

Work has started on a new 1.2km Melbourne-bound overtaking lane along the Western Highway at Kiata, with the project to be completed by mid 2013.

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the $1.8 million investment will give motorists an extra opportunity to overtake slower moving vehicles safely.

"But importantly, this is just one of eleven new overtaking lanes we have or will be installing along the Western Highway. In fact, right now dual overtaking lanes are also being built at Dimboola and planning is well advance on another two to be located to the east and west of Pimpinio," Mulder says.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the overtaking lane will complement recent improvements to the highway, including upgrades to rest areas at Pink Lake and Deep Lead and the construction of the new trailer exchange near Nhill.

"All up, the Federal Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $500 million over the six year life of our current Nation Building Program to maintain and upgrade the highway," he says.

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