Major maintenance works are underway across north and north east Victoria to make regional roads safer and more reliable.

The works will take place across the two regions over the next 12 months.

More than $40 million in improvements will help to rehabilitate sections of road to make them smoother and more resistant to further damage.

A number of sites will receive major repairs and maintenance works including the Hume Highway, Goulburn Valley Highway, McIvor Highway, Kiewa Valley Highway, and Midland Highway.
Key rural roads, including Benambra-Corryong Road, Benalla-Yarrawonga Road and Bacchus Marsh-Gisborne Road, will receive similar upgrades.

Over 250 kilometres of road will be resealed across the regions, including sections of the Murray Valley Highway, Melba Highway, Borung Highway, Pyrenees Highway and Great Alpine.

The works will be delivered by regional contractors including the North Eastern Maintenance Alliance.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said reducing the level of deterioration of road surfaces would provide a boost to local producers, making their journey to market or to the factory more reliable.

“The North and North Eastern region is Victoria’s food bowl, tourism playground and a key national freight hub, and these works will help to continue to drive these industries.”

Mr Donnellan said the road improvements would create smoother and safer roads for all motorists, and also preserve the longevity of the roads.

“We know that many communities have had a tough time lately with flooding and heavy rain. This funding will allow us to get on with some much needed maintenance,” the Minister added.