Roads to Recovery upgrade underway at Mitchell Street, Bairnsdale

Media Release


07 April 2016

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all set to benefit from the works to enhance street drainage and to introduce footpaths to improve safety along Mitchell Street in Bairnsdale.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was providing $850,000 to fully fund the project, through the Roads to Recovery Programme.

“Through the Roads to Recovery Programme, local governments around the country will receive $3.2 billion from the Government to support maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure,” Mr Chester said.

“Here in Bairnsdale this project is addressing the inadequate drainage and lack of footpaths on Mitchell Street, providing a safer environment for road users—particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

“This project is an example of the Federal Government's commitment to fixing local roads, working in partnership with councils.”

The works are being carried out by Bairnsdale-based company, Cranes Asphalting.

“Not only will Bairnsdale get better roads through this Federal Government investment, but we are also helping to retain and create local jobs,” Mr Chester said.

Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council Marianne Pelz said the works at Bairnsdale were part of the Shire's ongoing Urban Street Improvement program, which is currently at stage three.

“The program is upgrading existing streets in the centre of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance,” Cr Pelz said.

“The Mitchell Street project includes the construction of 1100 metres of footpath, 430 metres of stormwater drainage and 6250 square metres of asphalt pavement.”

Works at Mitchell Street, Bairnsdale are expected to be completed by mid-2016.