A TROUBLESOME section of Lancefield-Kilmore Road is among a number of roads that will be fixed as part of a roads blitz by new country roads body Regional Roads Victoria.
The blitz is the first project from the new, dedicated country roads body that will oversee more than $54 million of improvement works across the region’s 3800km road network.
As the weather warms up, the deteriorated 1.2km section of Kilmore-Lancefield Road near Lancemore Hill will be fixed thanks to a $1.9 million upgrade to improve road surface on the busy connection to jobs and schools.
Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said these works are only the beginning of improvements to regional roads.
“I share the frustrations of motorists who rely on this stretch of road after federal government bureaucracy stalled the works,” she said.
“As a major thoroughfare between Lancefield and Kilmore, the state government is getting on with delivering these vital improvements for the residents of these two towns.”
Other key connections will also be improved with surface improvement works on Aitken and Robertson Streets in Gisborne and Main Street in Romsey.
The works add to significant investment in Central Victorian roads with upgrades ahead for Barry and Main Street intersection and crossings in Lancefield, Riddles Creek and Romsey.
As the weather warms, crews will be out in force completing upgrade works on the roads that local communities and industries rely on every day, as part of the record $333 million state-wide maintenance package.
More than 376 kilometres of road will be repaired, rebuilt of resurfaced, improving the quality of the regional road network that services the regions’ growing tourism and freight industries.
Victorians will now be able to find out what works are underway or planned across the state via the new website – regionalroads.vic.gov.au – or through the new, dedicated, Ballarat-based call centre 133 RRV (778).
For the first time, the community can view and keep track of the annual program of maintenance works and projects thanks to a new interactive state-wide map.
“We’re making sure regional Victorians have safer, smoother roads to connect them with families, friends and jobs,” Ms Thomas added.
“The massive program of works is just the beginning – we’ll have more to say about road rebuilds, resurfacing and further upgrades as the maintenance season ramps up.”
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said country roads need to be maintained all year round.
“If the state government was serious about fixing Kilmore’s roads, it would take urgent action to fix the intersection of Kilmore-Lancefield Rd and Conway St where thousands of students attend school each day,” Ms Ryan said.