Tenders Called for Princes Highway Upgrade in Winchelsea

Media Release


14 October 2013

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Construction companies interested in upgrading the Princes Highway in Winchelsea are encouraged to submit their bids under the VicRoads tender process, which is now open.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade is an important advancement in improving the highway between Melbourne and southwestern Victoria.

“After two and a half years of detailed planning and extensive community consultations, the upgrade through Winchelsea from Austin Street to Deans Marsh Road is now full steam ahead,” Mr Truss said.

“This project is part of a commitment by both governments to deliver a safer, more efficient road for freight and commuter traffic, as well as encourage tourism to popular coastal and inland destinations.

“The upgrade includes a new bridge over the Barwon River and traffic signals at both Hesse Street and Deans Marsh Road to provide safer passage across the Princes Highway,” Mr Truss said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said that once a contractor is selected, work will start onsite in 2014 and be completed in 2015.

“The project will stimulate the local economy by creating new construction jobs and providing capacity for future growth and development in the town,” Mr Mulder said.

“Once the project is complete, access to important community facilities such as the post office and the shopping centre will be easier and safer.

“Delivery of this upgrade is yet another example of both governments actively working towards safer roads and significantly improved traffic flow through the region,” Mr Mulder said.

This work is part of the $171 million duplication of the Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea, jointly funded by the Australian ($85.5 million) and the Victorian ($85.5 million) Coalition Governments.

Federal Member for Corrangamite Sarah Henderson said the duplication of the Princes Highway is an important infrastructure project for the Corangamite electorate.

“These works will provide much needed road safety improvements for the people of Winchelsea as well as for commuters and tourists,” Ms Henderson said.