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Smoother journeys on the Western Highway

The Victorian Government is ensuring one of the state’s busiest freight and travel corridors can continue to support western Victoria’s rapidly-growing population and the region’s agriculture and freight sector.

More than $9 million worth of major repairs have been completed on Western Freeway, with 50,000 metres2 of asphalting between Hopetoun Park and Leigh Creek, and Gordon and Myrniong now finished.

These repairs mean smoother journeys for the more than 27,000 drivers who use the corridor every day, which serves as a vital link between western Victoria’s growing communities.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne says More than 27,000 drivers rely on the Western Highway each and every day – that’s why we’re delivering the works needed to maintain it now and into the future.

More work is on the way for the Western Highway as well, with crews on the ground starting on a series of major repairs between Ballarat and Beaufort.

Crews are on-site at multiple locations along an 8.3 kilometre section of the highway between Avenue Road, Burrumbeet and Black Bottom Road east of Trawalla, with reduced speeds and traffic management in place for the safety of roadworkers and the whole community.

Member for Ripon Martha Haylett says she is hearing from locals every day how important these works are and is glad that work is underway between Ballarat and Beaufort.

The Western Highway is a significant freight route for farmers and manufacturers from Horsham, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Melton to get their goods to market, supporting the movement of tens of thousands of trucks and other heavy vehicles each day.

Right across Victoria, crews are continuing to rebuild and repair arterial roads thanks to an unprecedented $6.6 billion investment in road maintenance over 10 years.

This includes $964 million invested as part of the Victorian Budget 2024-25.

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