Fixing country roads as maintenance blitz ramps up

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Regional and rural councils can now apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads thanks to the Victorian Government.

Second round grants of up to $1.5 million are now available to eligible councils to carry out important road rehabilitation and resealing works, road safety improvements, bridge strengthening and other upgrades.

In round one, all 48 councils across country Victoria secured funding with 91 projects on track for completion by the end of June 2019.

This funding boost builds on the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million being invested in 2019 to repair, rebuild and resurface more than 1,500 kilometres of country arterial roads.

Some of the 91 projects currently underway include the rebuilding of the Murphy Street and Strickland Road roundabout in Bendigo, the rebuilding and widening of Perkins Road at Lara and the reconstruction of Lake Road in Kyabram.

Applications for round two close 18 March 2019 with successful projects to be announced in April 2019. Councils must deliver these projects by June 2020.

The Victorian Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office and established Regional Roads Victoria a dedicated country roads authority to oversee this record investment.

Source: Vic Government

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