Works underway on safer Hamilton Highway in western Victoria

Media Release

MM024/2018

29 March 2018

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Gayle Tierney

Victorian Member for Western Victoria

  • Work starts on $10 million upgrade of Hamilton Highway between Geelong and Cressy
  • Project to improve safety and reliability by targeting deteriorated sections
  • Upgrade also includes new lanes to improve safety at key Bannockburn intersection

A safer Hamilton Highway is on the way for motorists in Western Victoria with works underway on a $10 million upgrade between Geelong and Cressy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the recently approved upgrade as part of the Australian Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment would target deteriorated sections of the highway as well as upgrade a key Bannockburn intersection to ensure a safer and more reliable journey.

“This is a substantial investment that will support the region's economy and give the local community greater confidence in the safety and reliability of the highway while making access to Geelong from the surrounding area quicker and safer,” Mr McCormack said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the Hamilton Highway was vital to the future of western Victoria and would ensure it remained fit-for-purpose in the long term.

“We're pleased to be delivering this upgrade particularly for local people in Cressy and Inverleigh who travel to and from Geelong every day,” Mr Donnellan said.

Victorian Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the project would also involve shoulder sealing, delineation, signage improvements and line marking.

“To keep everyone safe during the works, speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h near work areas and lane closures may be required so drivers should plan their journey and allow extra time,” Ms Tierney said.

Construction on the project is due for completion by the end of March 2019 weather permitting. The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.