A newly completed dual lane bridge has opened up heavy vehicle access over Black Creek on Lakins Road, Mansfield, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program.

Previously a single lane bridge with a 3-tonne load limit, the new Lakins Road bridge can now support trucks and heavy machinery – as well as providing an improved crossing for the local community.

The new bridge has been built higher to raise it above the flood level, and features safety improvements including new barriers and better sight distance.

The project is among over $1.65 million of road upgrades across Mansfield and Murrindindi shires funded through round one of the Fixing Country Roads Program.

The Lakins Bridge upgrade follows two projects recently completed in Murrindindi Shire, including safety improvements to mitigate heavy vehicle risks at Ghin Ghin.

A 700-metre section of pavement has been upgraded and safety barriers installed on bridges and major culverts along Ghin Ghin Road, a regional link between Goulburn Valley Highway and Melba Highway.

A project to extend the sealed section of pavement and upgrade the existing pavement has been undertaken on Jorgensen Parade, Pheasant Creek, to allow for higher traffic volumes, improve safety and boost heavy vehicle access.

The Labor Government has also invested $871,000 to seal a section of Jamieson-Licola Road in response to community calls to improve safety and suppress dust on the road extending from Jamieson township.

In addition, a $15,000 Traffic Management Review has been conducted into High Street, Yea, to address parking issues, pedestrian safety and traffic circulation in the busy commercial district. Recommendations arising from the review will be undertaken with funding through round two of the Fixing Country Roads Program.

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Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’ve promised Victorians a better, safer and more connected regional road network, that’s why we’re making sure that our roads – regardless of who manages them – are safe and reliable.”

“Local industry can now use the crossing with confidence thanks to this safe and efficient upgrade for Lakins Road.”