Safer, Better Roads For Regional Victoria
The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving regional roads with an ‘alliance model’ starting from today for South Western, Eastern and North Eastern Victoria.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan welcomed the alliance between VicRoads and Fulton Hogan, which will deliver critical road maintenance services to regional Victoria for the next five years.
The alliance will deliver more efficient maintenance services including road repairs, bridge maintenance, roadside clearing and improvement works and manage emergency responses.
The five year alliance agreements will enable a longer term approach to the delivery of maintenance and improvements across the state.
The alliance builds on the success of the existing partnership in the North Eastern Region, which has been extended until 2020.
The North Eastern Maintenance Alliance between VicRoads and Downer Group has already improved journeys, built safer roads and delivered projects including the $14 million Omeo Highway upgrade and the installation of wire rope barriers on the Hume Freeway.
Alliance staff will be located in VicRoads depots and offices enabling a shared responsibility for engaging with the community, managing road maintenance and being more strategic in response to road maintenance challenges.
The announcement follows the recent commitment to spend $135.6 million over the next year to repair unsafe and deteriorating roads across Victoria including an $80 million investment for road resurfacing under the Road Surface Replacement Program.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan
“The Andrews Labor Government’s will improve regional roads for local communities by delivering more responsive services, better quality road repairs and improved planning for network improvements.”
“Locals can expect to see more works in their local areas as VicRoads and alliances work together to improve roads and networks across the state.”