Oct 8, 2010

New Works Contract for Princes Hwy East Duplication

New Works Contract for Princes Hwy East Duplication

The Hon Anthony Albanese MPC

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 8 2010

The next major contract in the upgrade of the Princes Highway East has been awarded, clearing the way for the duplication of the western approach to Sale to begin this year.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas announced today the contract to widen the Highway between Wurruk and Sale has been awarded to BMD Constructions.

“The Gillard and Brumby Labor governments are working together to upgrade this vital piece of infrastructure, with construction work on this next 4.4 kilometre section set to get underway in December and be completed by late 2012,” Mr Albanese said.

“Once complete, the new stretch of highway will improve safety and reduce travel times for the 10,000 vehicles that use it daily.

“Nationwide, the unprecedented investment we’re making in the National Road Network is building a new, stronger foundation for long term economic growth.”

All up, $175 million is being spent to upgrade and widen the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale, with the Gillard Labor Government contributing $140 million from its Nation Building Program and the Brumby Government committing the remaining amount.

Mr Pallas said the major works included building six new highway bridges, strengthening and widening of existing bridges, installing three roundabouts, and construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Thomson River.

“The upgrade will support many direct and indirect jobs, providing an important boost for the local economy, with BMD Constructions to source local materials and sub-contractors where practical to help with the works,” Mr Pallas said.

“The works include new roundabouts at Fisk Street/The Ridge, Hunt Place and Settlement Road to improve access and safety for residents and businesses off the highway at Wurruk.

“A new cable-stayed footbridge over the Thomson River will also provide better access for walkers and cyclists using the existing pathway.”

Mr Pallas said other related works in the area were well-advanced, with a new timber footbridge over Flooding Creek on Sale’s western outskirts nearing completion.

“Widening and improvements to the Princes Highway at Traralgon East are also progressing well, with new traffic signals recently switched on,” he said.