Heavy vehicle highway upgrades for Terang

Media Release

WT176/2014

19 September 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Access for heavy vehicles around the industrial area of Terang will soon be improved, with over $1 million to upgrade two intersections announced today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that approximately 6,000 vehicles travel on the Princes Highway West through Terang each day, including some 500 heavy vehicles.

“Heavy vehicles in this area rely on the route through town, so the productivity gains of this project will directly support the region's economy,” Mr Truss said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said the project was jointly funded, with a $765,000 commitment from the Australian Government and $255,000 from the Victorian Government.

“This is part of our joint Regional Freight Initiative, which is providing an unprecedented investment in the State's road network to improve productivity,” Mr Mulder said.

“The Regional Freight Initiative will deliver $80 million to roads across Victoria with $60 million committed by the Australian Government and $20 million by the Victorian Government.”

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the project would upgrade the Terang Mortlake and Old Peterborough Road intersections with the Princes Highway West, which would replace the Cobden-Terang route into town.

“Truck drivers currently find it quite a tight turn from the current Cobden-Terang Road onto the Princes Highway West, so this upgrade and route change will make it safer for both truck drivers and other motorists in town,” Mr Tehan said.

Works are expected to commence by the end of the year and be complete in late 2015.