Highway underway

Another section of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale is now underway.

The 3.9 kilometre segment of highway between Minniedale Road and Sheepwash Creek Road will comprise new traffic lanes and safety infrastructure and upgrades where the highway intersects with Kenyons Lane and Sheepwash Creek Road in Flynn.

It will also include new bridges over Sheepwash Creek Road.

The upgrades are part of a $260 million highway duplication project designed to improve safety and increase capacity for motorists travelling between Traralgon and Sale.

The duplication project began in 2010 and is expected to be finished in early 2019.

The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he wanted to thank all drivers for their patience while construction had been underway.

“The highway is an important transport corridor through the eastern corner of Victoria connecting Melbourne to the New South Wales south coast,” Mr Chester said.

“When this landmark project is finished, it will increase capacity, reduce travel times and improve traffic flow.

“By upgrading the highway we are also supporting our local industries by helping them to get their products to market quickly and reliably.”

Six of 11 sections of the highway have now been duplicated, while three other sections are underway, including the stretch from Sale-Cowwarr Road to Sale-Heyfield Road.

VicRoads project delivery manager David Gellion said the Princes Highway had a high crash rate compared to other similar roads and the duplication project would have long term benefits in terms of safety.

“I’m very excited, its a good thing for Gippsland and… it’s a good thing for local motorists,” he said.