Maintenance blitz begins

By Benalla Ensign

The state government’s new dedicated country roads body, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), has opened its doors and is getting started on what Premier Daniel Andrews describes as ‘‘The biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen’’.

Benalla will hopefully see its fair share of upgrades as RRV oversees more than $51million of improvement works on roads across the region.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said crews would be out in force completing 193km of upgrade works on the roads that local communities and industries relied on every day.

‘‘We’ve heard what people in the north east have had to say about the regional road network — that’s why we’re making this record investment to fix the roads our community relies on,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘The massive program of works announced today is just the beginning — we’ll have more to say about road rebuilds, resurfacing and further upgrades as the maintenance season ramps up.’’

Work is set to begin this month on rebuilding a 1.8km section of the Hume Fwy at Winton to boost safety and enhance productivity on this key freight route between Sydney and Melbourne.

A further 73km of the dual-lane freeway will be resurfaced and finished with new line markings at various locations between Kalkallo and Wodonga.

A 1.6km section of another key heavy-vehicle connection — Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd — will be rebuilt and the intersection at the Midland Hwy strengthened to cater for growing industry in Benalla.

Other roads to be targeted this maintenance season include pavement upgrade works on the Murray Valley Hwy at Ebden and rehabilitation works on the Midland Hwy and the Glenrowan-Myrtleford Rd near Moyhu.

A 1.2km section of Kilmore-Lancefield Rd near Lancemore Hill will also be fixed thanks to a $1.9 million upgrade to improve road surface on the busy connection to jobs and schools.

Victorians will now be able to find out what works are under way or planned across the state via the new website — — or through the new, dedicated, Ballarat-based call centre 133RRV(778).

For the first time, the community can view and keep track of the annual program of maintenance works and projects thanks to a new interactive statewide map.