The Bracks Government is delivering its commitment to improve the safety and efficiency of the Victorian road network, with Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has welcomed $2.1 million in the 2007/08 State Budget to continue to improve the Garvoc Overpass.
The works will improve the stability of the approach embankments.
“Extensive investigations found the earth embankments on the approaches to the overpass were becoming unstable due to water seeping in,” Ms. Tierney said.
“This funding will make sure that the integrity of the overpass is maintained over the longer term.”
The project so far has resulted in the installation of drains to prevent the build up of water in the embankment.
VicRoads will continue to monitor the approaches for approximately two years to determine if the project has been successful in sustaining the strength of the embankments.
Ms. Tierney said that improving the safety, access and efficiency of the road network were key actions in the Bracks Government’s 10-year $10.5 billion Meeting our Transport Challenges, and this latest funding boost was part of putting that plan into action.
Ms. Tierney thanked VicRoads for consulting a number of stakeholders over the Garvoc Overpass works.
“The Bracks Government has listened to these concerns and taken action to improve road safety.
“I would like to thank the local community, including the council and others who have been active in voicing their concerns and support for this project,” Ms. Tierney said.
Ms. Tierney said the Bracks Government would continue to address road safety concerns and work towards reducing the road toll even further.