News Date: 17 Jul 2017
Expressions of interest have been advertised to design and construct the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at Black Spur, Koonwarra.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the South Gippsland Highway was a key link in Victoria's rural road network and a main connection to major ports and markets in Melbourne.
“The Australian Government is working to ensure regional roads are safer and more efficient. Locally, this funding for the ‘Black Spur’ realignment will help pay for widening road shoulders and introducing flexible safety barriers at key locations,” Mr Chester said.
“This stretch of road is critical to the region, providing access to the major tourist destination of Wilson's Promontory and a key route for the agriculture, dairy, oil and gas industries. Realigning the stretch will reduce run-off-road crashes, improve efficiency and connectivity for freight and reduce travel times.”
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said pre-qualified contractors were invited to express interest in the project.
“Safety is our top priority. That's why we're investing in the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at Black Spur, to remove several tight curves and widen the road to create a straighter, more level section of highway. As a result the highway will be upgraded to ‘A’ class road standard, which will reduce travel times and improve road safety,” Mr Donnellan.
Tenders to deliver the project are expected to open later this year, with an expected completion date of 2021.
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