Buangor Bypass another step closer

Media Release

WT215/2014

28 October 2014

Joint release with:

Peter Ryan

Deputy Premier of Victoria

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Another major milestone on the Western Highway duplication has been reached, with today's announcement that BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build the Buangor Bypass.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Western Highway is one of Victoria's busiest rural roads and a significant interstate freight route, servicing trade and supporting the farming industry, regional tourism and local communities.

“By duplicating this highway the Australian Government is not only saving on transport costs and improving freight efficiency, but also improving traffic flow and making it safer for all drivers,” Mr Truss said.

Deputy Premier of Victoria and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan was joined onsite today by Nationals Member for Western Victoria David O'Brien, Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley.

Mr Ryan said work on the Buangor Bypass would include the realignment and regrading of the existing carriageway and construction of three new bridges over Billy Billy Creek.

“The Australian and Victorian governments are proud supporters of this highway redevelopment which delivers substantial benefits to the people of this region and Western Victoria more broadly,” Mr Ryan said.

“Together we have contributed $505 million towards the Western Highway upgrade between Ballarat and Stawell, in what is another example of our joint commitment to building a better regional and rural Victoria.”

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the Buangor Bypass will complement construction currently underway on more than 15 kilometres of road between Beaufort and Buangor and 23 kilometres between Burrumbeet and Trawalla.

“The Buangor Bypass will ensure that heavy freight vehicles and interstate drivers do not need to travel through Buangor, which means local roads are returned back to the community,” Mr Tehan said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said construction would also provide new service roads to maintain local access and road connections to the township of Buangor.

“At Peacocks Road a grade separated interchange will be built on the new highway with ramps connecting to the eastbound lanes and a roundabout on the existing highway,” Mr Mulder said.

The Australian Government is contributing $404 million to the Western Highway Duplication project with the Victorian Government contributing $101 million.