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Fixing the country roads that need it most

Victoria’s new, dedicated country roads body, Regional Roads Victoria, has opened its doors in Ballarat to get started on the biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan visited Creswick launch Regional Roads Victoria, the new division of VicRoads that will oversee the Victorian Government’s record $941 million investment regional roads.

New Chief Regional Roads Officer Paul Northey will hit the ground running, with major road rebuilds starting in September 2018 on sections of the Hume Highway at Winton, the Princes Highway near Moe and Borung Highway at Dimboola.

As the weather warms, crews will be out in force delivering hundreds more road upgrades across the state – boosting safety and reducing congestion in regional and rural communities.

More than 1,500 kilometres of country roads will be repaired, resurfaced or rebuilt under a record $333 million maintenance program – creating around 650 construction jobs in regional Victoria.

Victorians will now be able to see what works are underway or planned across the state via the new website – and a dedicated, Ballarat based, call centre 133 RRV (778).

For the first time, the community can view and keep track of the annual program of maintenance works and projects thanks to a new interactive state-wide map.

The new Regional Roads Victoria call centre is open Monday to Friday (8am-6pm) and is there to help locals enquiring about what improvements are planned, to report a hazard or to discuss road maintenance issues in their area.

Based within the existing Wendouree regional office, the establishment of Regional Roads Victoria has already created 24 Ballarat-based jobs. The division will later move into the Ballarat GovHub.

The Victorian Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office.

Source: Vic Government

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