$43 million to upgrade Victorian Highways

Media Release


06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads

Improvements to the Western Highway, Hume Freeway, Monash Freeway and Goulburn Valley Highway will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $35 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme for bridge strengthening works on the Western Highway, Hume Freeway, Monash Freeway and Goulburn Valley Highway, and for safety works between the South Australian Border and Kaniva on the Western Highway.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will support safety and efficiency for all motorists on national network roads.

“This programme will ensure greater productivity and better infrastructure for local communities,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The funding forms part of the Victorian Government's Stronger Country Bridges Program to strengthen bridges on key freight routes.”

“Heavy vehicles including semi-trailers and B-Doubles will be able to take more direct routes from our farms, towns and communities improving productivity across the state.”

Construction on projects funded under the National Highway Upgrade Programme is expected to commence in 2015–16.