Highway funds bypassed

THE duplication of the Princes Highway will continue to progress on schedule despite no further funds being allocated towards the project in the recent Federal Budget.

A lack of mention of the project however, comes as no surprise to a VicRoads key project director who said $175 million in federal and state funding has already been committed towards the project.

According to VicRoads south eastern projects and PHE duplication project director Charlie Broadhurst said he had received “no indication” of any further funding commitments “apart from what has already been allocated”.

About $20 million of those funds however, were re-profiled early last year in an effort to rebuild infrastructure related to the flood disasters, particularly in Queensland and northern Victoria.

Mr Broadhurst confirmed $55 million had currently been spent towards various sections of the project, which was expected to be completed by mid 2016.

The Princes Highway duplication which extends for about 47 kilometres between Traralgon and Sale has been identified in the Federal Government’s Nation Building Program.

The duplication has been divided into three sections: Traralgon East, Traralgon East to Kilmany and Warruk to Sale.