Apr 8, 2010

Main works now underway on Nagambie Bypass

Main works now underway on Nagambie Bypass

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 08 2010

Major works on the main section of the Nagambie Bypass are underway, with the new freeway route taking trucks and through traffic away from the town centre on track for completion in 2012.

Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas turned the sod today to mark the occasion and said construction of the full 17 kilometre bypass had reached an exciting milestone.

"The Rudd and Brumby Labor governments are working together to deliver this important piece of road infrastructure, that is delivering new jobs and boosting the economy," Mr Pallas said.

"Abigroup Contractors are building the 13.5 kilometre freeway-standard stretch of road east of Nagambie, which is a massive project, involving construction of new freeway lanes, bridges and two rail overpasses.

"A freeway connection will be built at Mitchellstown Road, south of Nagambie, and at Kirwans Bridge – Longwood Road north of Nagambie, providing access in all directions. An overpass bridge will also be built at Racecourse Road, and a new bridge at Nagambie-Locksley Road.

"We are strengthening links between Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate capitals to help motorists spend less time on the road and more time with family and friends."

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed the beginning of major construction on the main section on the Nagambie Bypass, which he said would help support over 1500 direct jobs.

"Due to our decision to bring forward the necessary funding as part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, delivery of this important project is now running ahead of schedule," Mr Albanese said.

"This is exactly what our Nation Building Program is all about, creating jobs today by building the transport infrastructure that will underpin our longer term economic prosperity.

"The Nagambie Bypass will provide a missing link with drivers able to travel on a safer freeway-standard road from Melbourne to south of Shepparton.

"More than 1900 trucks travel through the Nagambie town centre each day with road freight likely to double over the next 30 years. We are acting now to both support industry and improve safety and enjoyment for people living in and visiting the region."

The $222 million Nagambie Bypass project is funded by the Rudd Government through the Nation Building Program and the Brumby Government as part of the Victorian Transport Plan.