Lane closure shows desperate need for highway upgrade

The Closure of a lane on the Princes Highway between Dennington and Illowa after heavy rain last week highlights the desperate need for upgrade, Member for South West Coast and Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell says.

Large potholes formed in the eastbound overtaking lane after substantial rainfall last Thursday night. The lane was closed and speed limits lowered on Friday because of the safety risk.

Ms Britnell said it was vital the State Government included funding in the upcoming state budget to match the Federal Government’s $60 million commitment to upgrade that stretch of road.

“We are literally at breaking point,” Ms Britnell said.

“Our region has some of the highest rainfall in Victoria – it’s not a one off or uncommon event. To have our major roads breaking up to the point where they have to be closed shows just how desperate the situation is.

“The State Government must provide funding in the upcoming state budget to get on and get this much needed upgrade started.

“They can’t sit on their hands any longer, the money from the Federal Government is on the table, it’s time for the state to come to the party and stump up some cash.”

Ms Britnell said a major upgrade of the road would be an economy boosting project that would help as the region recovers from the COVID-19 shutdown.

“Safe and reliable roads are vital for the ongoing economic prosperity of our region, which in turn boosts the economic prosperity of the state.

“We are the largest agriculture production area in the state and we need to be able to get our high quality produce to market quickly and efficiently.

“High quality roads and freight routes are the key to that.”

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