Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Progress on new Princes Highway Bridge near Rosedale

Media Release

WT185/2015

23 June 2015

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

The $260 million Princes Highway East duplication has passed another major milestone with the partial opening of a new bridge across Blind Joes Creek between Rosedale and Traralgon.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said eastbound traffic has been allowed onto the latest stage of the project after sealing works were completed ahead of schedule.

“It is satisfying to see the gradual transformation of the route between Traralgon and Sale, which will deliver benefits to the community for many decades to come,” Mr Truss said.

“The imminent opening of this bridge is a key milestone for the 8.3 kilometre Flynn to Rosedale section. I've personally driven along this section of road on many occasions and I have no doubt this project will increase safety and productivity in Gippsland.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the project was progressing well and he thanked motorists for their patience.

“There is some short-term inconvenience with increased travel times while the roadwork is undertaken but all Gippslanders, along with visitors to our region, will benefit from a safer and more efficient highway link to Melbourne,” Mr Chester said.

“Our tourism, small business owners, farmers and heavy industries will all benefit from an economic perspective, but most importantly, this project will save lives. All the road safety research indicates that a duplicated highway will result in fewer accidents, fewer fatalities and fewer injuries.”

“Motorists travelling towards Traralgon over the next few days will continue to use the existing highway, however both directions of traffic will soon share the new roadway so crews can carry out strengthening works to the existing highway and get Blind Joes Bridge ready for Traralgon-bound traffic.

“The Flynn to Rosedale section of the project also includes the construction of new bridges at Flynns Creek and Middle Creek, intersection improvements at Flynns Creek Road, Wrights Lane and Cricket Street, and a truck stop and rest area at Flynn.

“This is the largest stage of the overall project, and is expected to be completed by 2018.”

The Australian Government has committed $210 million and the Victorian Government $50 million towards the project.