The $253.3 million project is set to duplicate sections of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale in eastern Victoria.
The construction will be shared between a trio of construction partners including Laing O’Rourke, Whelan’s Group Investments and BildGroup.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the construction will create jobs, as well as ease travel throughout the region.
“Ensuring the Princes Highway East is fully duplicated between Traralgon and Sale will not only mean significant safety benefits to the Gippsland community, but it will also increase the employment and connectivity of the region,” McCormack said.
The project is set to create over 100 jobs, as well as benefit 160 workers in the construction industry. The construction will include installing safety barriers and upgrading six intersections.
The Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said adding two lanes to the highway will provide further safety to Victorian Roads.
“Once complete, the project improvements will create a safer journey to around 15,000 motorists who use the road each day travelling between Traralgon and Sale,” Allan said.
Construction on the project is set to be completed by mid-2024.