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Black Spur funding closer

 

HOPES the State Government will realign a notorious section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan are running high.

In the lead-up to the federal election this year, the Federal Government announced $25 million for the realignment of the Black Spur, as well as other works along the highway, and called on the State Government to match the funding.

Collision rates for the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway are significantly higher than the state average.

Australian Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said negotiations with the State Government had been positive.

“I am confident we will be able to come to an agreement in the coming weeks,” he said.

“I look forward to delivering this project with my colleagues, Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, and Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, as soon as possible.

“We are all aware the Black Spur bends are a dangerous section of the South Gippsland Highway, so by investing in this upgrade we can not only change lives, but also save lives.”

Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien was hoping for not only the Black Spur funding, but also funding for extra work to be done on the highway between Foster and Yarram, and possibly another overtaking lane in that area.

Shoulder sealing and road improvements could be included.

“Particularly in the context of the Port of Melbourne sale where the State Government has nearly $1 billion available to them there is no excuse for them not to delivering it,” Mr O’Brien said.

About 10 percent of sale proceeds must be spent on regional infrastructure.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said, “We continue to negotiate with the Federal Government in good faith to deliver vital projects that will make our roads safer.
“VicRoads is developing a business case that will consider the cost of construction and safety, as well as the overall economic and social benefits of the project.
“VicRoads are on track to have it finalised and submitted to government by the end of the year.”
Mr Chester told parliament recently people travelling to Wilsons Promontory must endure travelling the highway, which was in a state of disrepair.

He said the federal funding, coupled with matching dollars from the state, would help reduce the rising road toll in Victoira.

“I urge the Victorian State Government to come on board, partner the Commonwealth on these important projects. These projects will not change lives in the community by helping to create jobs but will actually save lives in the community by improving road safety,” he said.

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