Key milestones reached in Princes Highway East duplication

Media Release


07 April 2015

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

Harriet Shing

Member for Eastern Victoria

Duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale is a step closer with the commencement of works between Sale-Heyfield Road, Fulham, and Reid Drive in Wurruk.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the milestone coincided with the completion of works from east of Denison Road to east of Nambrok Road, Rosedale.

“The $260 million duplication will improve road safety, cut travel times and associated costs and improve freight efficiency to and from the Gippsland area,” Mr Truss said.

“This project will also be a major boost to key industries of the region such as the dairy, timber and paper industries.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester was on hand today for both milestones.

“Works on the Fulham section will involve constructing new west bound traffic lanes to provide two lanes in each direction with a 15-metre central median,” Mr Chester said.

“A roundabout will also be constructed at Sale-Heyfield Road and upgrades undertaken at Polocrosse Lane to improve safety and provide additional vehicle protection.”

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, said the new section between Denison and Nambrok Roads would offer a further safety boost for road users.

“With the completion of the Nambrok section drivers will start to see the duplication project really coming together,” she said.

“Motorists are asked to continue to be patient as works begin on the Fulham section, as this is quite a busy area.

“This section will extend 2.9km from the current duplication at Wurruk to just past the Sale-Heyfield Road intersection, providing two lanes in each direction separated by 15-metre wide centre median.”

The Australian Government has committed $210 million and the Victorian Government $50 million to the overall duplication project.