Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

First section of Princes Highway West duplication opens six months early

Media Release

MM043/2018

24 April 2018

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson MP

Federal Member for Corangamite

The Hon Luke Donnellan MP

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety
Victorian Minister for Ports

Gayle Tierney MP

Member for Western Victoria

Section 1 of the Princes Highway duplication between Winchelsea and Colac has opened to traffic more than six months ahead of schedule.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the 11.5-kilometre section was the first to be completed since work first began on the duplication project in mid-2016.

“This marks fantastic progress on the Princes Highway duplication, with drivers now able to enjoy four lanes of the upgraded highway from Deans Marsh Road, Winchelsea, to west of Armytage Road,” Mr McCormack said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the upgrade would give drivers a smoother journey and ensure the road caters to the 9,000 vehicles, including 1,550 heavy trucks, that use it each day.

“This upgrade is something the community has been crying out for so it is great to see this first section open ahead of schedule,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said some minor works on the section still need to be completed.

“Things such as linemarking and barrier installation are still finishing up so I urge drivers to obey the signed speed limits and follow the advice of traffic management onsite,” Ms Henderson said.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the upgrade will improve safety by separating eastbound and westbound traffic and give drivers better opportunbities to overtake.

“It’s great to see this work finished ahead of schedule and with work underway on sections the sections between Armytage and Warncoort and from Warncoort to Colac—our community can lookforward to a safer, more relieable drive between Winchelsea and Colac.”

The $363.5 million Winchelsea to Colac Duplication project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

The full duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is expected to be completed by mid--2019.