Contract awarded to upgrade section of Princes Highway

Media Release

DC112/2016

13 September 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

A wider, safer Princes Highway is just around the corner for motorists, with BMD Constructions this week awarded the contract for the Armytage to Warncoort stage of the Princes Highway West—Winchelsea to Colac project.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing in Victoria's future by building key regional roads.

“These works will specifically benefit industries in western Victoria, such as dairy, agriculture and forestry by providing reliable, safer roads to create a more efficient Princes Highway,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the improvements built on the benefits already being enjoyed by motorists on the newly completed duplication between Geelong and Winchelsea.

“These latest works will involve duplication of approximately 15 kilometres of highway between Armytage and Warncoort, the construction of a new bridge and strengthening of the existing bridge at the rail crossing near Armytage, construction of two new bridges over Birregurra Creek and the removal of the railway level crossing near Warncoort,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the project will improve efficiency of the Princes Highway.

“The Princes Highway is the main road link between Melbourne, South West Victoria and South Australia, carrying more than 8,000 vehicles each day, including 1,500 trucks, so these upgrades are critical to our key transport corridor through Victoria's west,” Mrs Henderson said.

BMD Constructions has been awarded the contract to deliver the upgrades, with construction expected to begin in late 2016. Construction is already underway on other stages of the Princes Highway West project between Winchelsea and Armytage, and also in Colac East. All works between Winchelsea and Colac are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

As the project is built, sections will open progressively when it is safe to do so, ensuring motorists enjoy the benefits as soon as possible.

The Australian Government has committed $181.7 million towards the Princes Highway West—Winchelsea to Colac project with the Victorian Government providing a matching $181.7 million contribution.