Section of Princes Highway upgrade opens

Princes Highway duplication in Victoria reaches major milestone with the opening of a new section between Wurruk and Sale

November 29, 2012

The Princes Highway duplication in Victoria has reached a major milestone with the opening of a new section between Wurruk and Sale.

The new 1.3km section consists of six new road bridges across the Sale Causeway that will ultimately become the west-bound carriageway of the highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says traffic will now be diverted onto the new section between Settlement Road, Wurruk and the visitor information centre at Sale.

"All traffic will be transferred to the new section south of the existing alignment where there will continue to be one lane in each direction. This diversion will remain in place until the existing alignment is finished," he says.

"Over time, this project will reduce travel times for motorists and reduce travel costs for the local dairy, timber, paper and gas production industries."

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder says the Princes Highway upgrade was identified as a key priority under VicRoads’ Princes Highway East Corridor Strategy.

Completion of the Wurruk to Sale section of the project is expected to be in the first half of 2013.

This $175 million project to duplicate sections of the Princes Highway from Traralgon to Sale is jointly funded by the federal ($140 million) and Victorian governments ($35 million).

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