Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Drivers in north east Victoria will have safer and more reliable routes through the high country, thanks to $3.5 million worth of works on bushfire-affected roads in the region.

The works will include upgrades to Benambra-Corryong Road in the Upper Murray, where there was extensive damage following the fires.

Other regional connections targeted will be Murray River Road, Cudgewa-Tintaldra Road and Shelley-Walwa Road. The Stacey’s Bridge carpark entrance will be improved significantly with a crushed rock entrance on Benambra-Corryong Road.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said $22 million has been invested state-wide to help communities to recover from bushfires and the economic effects of coronavirus.

Recovery works will include repairing potholes and pavement on fire-damaged roads, tourism sign replacements, landslip safety works and culvert repairs.

Significant bushfire recovery works have already been undertaken in north east Victoria, starting directly after the road network was deemed safe in the wake of the fires.

Crews worked around the clock in early 2020 to re-open 520 kilometres of bushfire-affected arterial roads and restore critical connections for the community.

Works were prioritised on major arterials including the Murray Valley Highway, before rolling out on to roads with lower traffic volumes.

The bushfire recovery funding forms part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $328.4 million investment in critical transport maintenance, with fast-tracked upgrades set to create or support more than 600 jobs.

The final stages of works are now underway and are expected for completion by the end of April, weather depending.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“These improvements will allowing bushfire-affected communities to recover and help the tourism industry thrive in the wake of the pandemic.”

“These recovery works will not only make our roads safer, but they’ll also help get Victorians back to work.”