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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister 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

Building a safer Princes Highway in East Gippsland

Media Release

DC297/2017

05 October 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

  • $50 million federal-state funding approved for upgrades to the Princes Highway in East Gippsland
  • Works to include an overtaking lane, safety barriers and other improvements
  • The upgrade will allow freight to move more efficiently between Gippsland and major national cities and ports

Major upgrades to the Princes Highway in eastern Victoria will begin soon, with the Federal and Victorian governments signing off on a combined $50 million package of works.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the road works would better connect Gippsland to the north of the border, including the Port of Eden and Canberra.

“The improvements will address safety risks in the Nicholson and Lakes Entrance areas by improving intersections and providing an upgraded rest area at the Jemmy's Point lookout,” Mr Chester said.

“It will also make The Esplanade in Lakes Entrance safer for pedestrians and road users.

“With the addition of a new roundabout in Cann River, the Princes Highway in far East Gippsland will be made safer for B-double trucks, allowing for the efficient movement of local horticulture, seafood and forestry products.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the Princes Highway was an important freight corridor and the major route for tourist traffic through Gippsland and southern New South Wales.

“These upgrades will deliver a significant safety boost for drivers along the highway, particularly around Lakes Entrance, with a new overtaking lane east of Genoa, and new safety barriers at high-risk locations,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The upgrade will fix many dangerous sections of the highway in far East Gippsland, where there are steep drop-offs and sharp curves that make it difficult for motorists to overtake safely, increasing the risk of run-off-road and head-on crashes.”

The $50 million project is being funded by the Australian and Victorian governments in a 50:50 split.