Upgrade to Western Highway begins

Work begins on $505 million upgrade to Western Highway in regional Victoria

April 16, 2010

Major works have begun on a multi-million dollar upgrade to Victoria’s Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell.

Works have started where the highway narrows to a two-lane road from the Sunraysia Highway interchange west of Ballarat and are expected to be finished in 2012.

"These initial works will extend the divided highway for eight kilometres through to Burrumbeet, with future sections to be progressively completed and opened for the 110 kilometres to Stawell," Victorian Premier John Brumby says.

The $505 million project will fully divide the route once completed.

Brumby says the project will improve national transport links between Melbourne and Adelaide and improve safety and reliability.

"It will improve road freight efficiency and help reduce travel times and costs for goods and rural produce shipped to and through regional Victoria and beyond," he says.

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