Highway widened, bridges strengthened as part of upgrades


Another section of the Princes Highway in Victoria has been upgraded to cope with increasing freight volumes

June 20, 2013

Another section of the Princes Highway in Victoria has been upgraded to cope with increasing freight volumes.

A 4km stretch between Traralgon and Sale has been widened, with bridges also strengthened across the causeway in Sale.

Being the primary route between Melbourne and Gippsland, the highway supports key industries such as dairy, timber, mining and natural gas.

New roundabouts have also been installed at the Settlement Road, Fisk Street and Hunt Place intersections.

The projects are part of a series of upgrades being made to the Princes Highway due to be completed by 2016. The Federal Government has committed $140 million, with $35 million coming from Victoria.

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the progress allows further work to commence on the remaining sections of the highway.

"In fact, the contract to upgrade the 1.7km section between Stammers Road and Minniedale Road in Traralgon East has already been awarded to Hazell Bros Group while the contract for the 3.1km Nambrok Road section is expected to be finalised by the end of August," Mulder says.

"Once complete, the $175 million Princes Highway duplication project between Traralgon to Sale will deliver improved safety for all road users, better facilities for walkers and cyclists, improved freight efficiency between Melbourne and Sale and easier access links between local communities."

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