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Victorian road maintenance blitz returns

The Victorian government is once again focusing on a road maintenance across regional Victoria

Roads are set to be safer now for Victorian’s following the beginning of this year’s road maintenance blitz by the Victorian government.

It is hoped that the blitz will improve connections and make roads in every corner of Victoria safer for drivers, passengers and freight transport.

Crews between now and June 2024 will carry out tasks including on-road repairs, inspecting and maintaining bridges, traffic lights and signage and controlling vegetation on roadsides to minimise bushfire risk on the state’s road corridors.

“We’ve already made record investments in repairing and maintaining our state’s roads – our new, long-term road maintenance plan will deliver even better-targeted works and improved outcomes for Victorians,” Victorian roads minister Melissa Horne says.

Majority of the blitz will take place in regional Victoria, which had the most widespread damage caused by flooding and extreme rainfall.

This all is a part of the first phase of a 10-year, $6.6 billion maintenance strategy where the major priority for this year will be patching and repairing damage before making sure roads last by future-proofing them.

“We know we are facing a significant and complex repair program after some of the worst floods in our state’s history – that’s why our plan is backed by a long-term funding commitment and data-driven plan to fix our roads,” Horne says.

The work will be done better than ever with new road maintenance contracts introduced this year by the state governments. These include delivering better value for Victorians money, less disruption while crews work plus higher-quality road maintenance.

“Using more data and more technology than ever before our experts have put together a program or works that will repair the worst of last year’s flood damage and deliver smoother, more reliable journeys for hundreds of thousands of Victorians each year,” Department of Transport and Planning Chief of Regional Transport Michael Bailey says.

Hardworking regional Victorians will also have a major job boost from it, with 360-plus local jobs to provide a huge economic boost to regional communities.

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