Tenders open for Fulham Stage 2

Media Release


18 November 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Darren Chester

Member for Gippsland

Tenders have been called for construction of the second stage of upgrades and duplication works at Fulham as part of the Princes Highway East—Traralgon to Sale Duplication Project.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, who inspected the site today with Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, said the Fulham 2 section involves duplication works between the new roundabout currently under construction at Heyfield Road to Cowwarr Road.

“The Australian Government is providing $210 million and the Victorian Government $50 million to the upgrade of the Princes Highway East between Traralgon and Sale,” Mr Truss said.

“This upgrade will be of particular benefit to freight operators, residents and tourists visiting the region's hotspots like Gippsland Lakes.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving productivity and delivering job opportunities to all Australians, and this project makes good on that commitment.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan said with tenders now open, the Victorian economy was seeing substantial dividends from continued road investment.

“Many residents in the area have benefited from upgrades that have formed part of the broader Traralgon to Sale project, whether that is job opportunities through to improved road access,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The Princes Highway East upgrade project will duplicate 30 kilometres of highway between Traralgon and Sale, with work on this section to get underway next year, it will be the seventh stage of the project to begin.”

“We're keeping landowners, drivers, businesses and local residents informed about the progress of the upgrade and any traffic changes.”

“I am looking forward to continued investment in Victorian roads by the Australian Government and seeing a stronger road network.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said works would include the construction of two lanes in each direction separated by a fifteen metre wide median.

“Two new west bound lanes will be built to the south of the existing highway and there will also be an upgrade to the intersection at Sale-Cowwarr Road and Hopkins–Williams Road that will provide improved safety for turning traffic,” Mr Chester said.

“This upgrade will mean safer access to adjacent properties and side roads and provide better access to West Sale including the aerodrome and Fulham Correctional Centre.”

Construction on Fulham 2 is expected to begin mid-2016 and be completed by mid-2018.

The land acquisition process is currently underway with the landowners of adjacent properties. Some minor works have started, including service relocation, to enable the road works to progress in 2016.