Budget targets our roads

By Cobram Courier

Drivers from Cobram and surrounding towns using the Murray Valley Hwy can look forward to safer, more reliable stretches of road as the Victorian Government launches the biggest regional road maintenance blitz the state has ever seen.

The Victorian 2018-19 Budget allocates $941 million to get on with the job of fixing the state’s regional road network, including a massive $77 million maintenance uplift for northern Victoria.

As part of the unprecedented roadwork blitz, urgently needed repairs will be carried out on sections of the Murray Valley Hwy and Echuca-Kyabram Rd, as well as dozens of other roads.

More than 1000km of roads will be repaired, resurfaced or rebuilt across the state.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the huge total of money to be spent on addressing Victoria’s declining regional roads was completely necessary to ensure safe, quick and no-fuss transportation.

‘‘Roads are a lifeline for communities across Northern Victoria. That’s why we’re investing more than any government in our state’s history to make sure that regional Victorians have roads they can rely on,’’ Mr Gepp said.

It is not just the key arterials that are set for an upgrade. Local councils will be able to apply to the new $100million Fixing Country Roads fund to get the support they need to fix their local roads.