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 Former 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

Princes Highway works start between Warncoort and Colac East

Media Release

DC432/2017

15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Sarah Henderson

Member for Corangamite

Gayle Tierney

Member for Western Victoria

  • Works start on Princes Highway West Section 3, between Warncoort and Colac East, duplicating an 8.5 kilometre section to provide a four-lane divided road
  • Part of ongoing Winchelsea to Colac Duplication, which is improving safety and reliability

Stage Three of the $363.47 million Princes Highway West Duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is underway, with work starting today on a section between Warncoort and Ballie Street in Colac East.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Princes Highway West was a key route for regional commuters, freight traffic and tourists, and delivering a more reliable highway meant quicker travel times and safer journeys for all.

“From Winchelsea to Colac, the highway is a two-lane, single carriageway with narrow sealed shoulders. This upgrade will tackle the problem of poor visibility and terrain which leads to motorists becoming frustrated and undertaking dangerous overtaking manoeuvres,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the works would include construction of a new two-lane carriageway and rehabilitation of the existing carriageway to provide a four-lane divided road.

“The Princes Highway Duplication project is a crucial investment for residents and farmers who reside along this corridor, which is also an important part of the state's tourism infrastructure as a gateway to the Great Ocean Road,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who was on site as works got underway today, said around 8.5 kilometres of the highway from Warncoort to Colac East would be duplicated.

“The completed project will increase capacity, improve travel time reliability and vehicle safety and reduce vehicle operating costs and environmental emissions,” Ms Henderson said.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said construction on the overall Winchelsea to Colac duplication started in mid-2015 and would be complete by late 2019, weather permitting.

“Construction is underway on other stages of this Princes Highway West project, from Winchelsea to Armytage and Armytage to Warncoort. The Colac CBD stage was completed in May 2015,” Ms Tierney said.

The $363.5 million Winchelsea to Colac Duplication is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.