Princes Highway upgrade to begin next year

BMD wins $220 million contract to begin upgrading the Princes Highway in Victoria next year

December 17, 2010

Construction firm BMD has won the $220 million contract to duplicate the Princes Highway in Victoria, with work to begin next year.

The highway will be duplicated between the Geelong Ring Road, near Draytons Road, and Lennox Street at Winchelsea.

The project is being funded by the Victorian and federal governments to deliver 23km of divided two-lane highway by 2014.

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the upgrade will include protected turning lanes and safe access to properties near the highway.

"The works also involve construction of a new bridge to carry Colac-bound highway lanes over the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line, as well as an upgrade of the existing highway bridge, to carry Geelong-bound traffic," Mulder says.

"Once this upgrade is completed, motorists and truck drivers will be able to travel for more than 100km out of Melbourne before encountering a single traffic light."

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the upgrade is a vital long-term investment in the highway because it links many of Victoria’s manufacturers to Geelong and Melbourne.

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