SAFETY FIRST FOR ALPINE TOURIST ROUTE

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the Kiewa Valley Highway between Wodonga and Mount Beauty, improving safety and reducing travel times along the key tourist route.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced $4 million in improvement works, including lane widening, road shoulder sealing and the installation of safety barriers.

Four people have tragically lost their lives on the road in the past five years, with a high number of crashes recorded along the route.

The upgrades will aim to reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries on the 80 kilometre stretch of road, which connects the communities of the Kiewa Valley with Wodonga.

Snow, floods and fire in the alpine area often lead to significant closures and detours, which impacts a number of industries including the agricultural, timber and tourism sectors.

The works will help to safeguard the route and ensure locals and producers can still get where they need to go during these conditions.

This is a joint $8 million project with the Commonwealth Government as part of the Victorian Infrastructure Package.

“These much-needed works will make the highway safer for the communities and industries in the Alpine region that rely on it every day,” Ms Symes said.

“We’ll do everything we can to make this stretch of road safer, to reduce the risk of serious injuries and save lives.”