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Princes Highway West sees works open in Waurn Ponds

Media Release

WT264/2014

15 December 2014

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Luke Donnellan

Minister for Roads and Road Safety

The duplication of the Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea has reached a major milestone, with the opening today of the first section.

The new section of highway, between Draytons Road and Cape Otway Road, is 3.5 kilometres long. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $171 million project was equally funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

“By making the right infrastructure choices today we are creating a stronger country for tomorrow,” Mr Truss said.

“These improvements are helping to fortify Victoria’s social and economic development by providing increased capacity on roads, reducing transit times, improving traffic flow and providing greater safety for the community at large.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who was onsite to open the works today, said motorists will now spend less time in traffic.

“This stage of works has successfully delivered a four lane divided highway, providing a more efficient and reliable route for motorists,” Ms Henderson said.

“Motorists can now drive from the Geelong Ring Road and continue on the first section of the new highway for 3.5 kilometres to Cape Otway Road. It is wonderful to see this progress.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said works from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea are expected to be completed in mid-2015, with work in Winchelsea expected to be completed in mid 2016.

“These works are improving safety for the thousands of vehicles that use the Princes Highway each day,” Mr Donnellan said.

The Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea Princes Highway Duplication is part of the Australian Government’s record $7.6 billion commitment to transport infrastructure in Victoria.