Work has started to rebuild a section of the Hamilton Highway near Lismore as part of a package of upgrades to make the important corridor safer and smoother.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the $375,000 project would rebuild 500 metres of the highway west of Mundy Gully Creek.
The work involves rebuilding the pavement and road surface layers, before a final seal is applied to the newly built road surface to ensure its longevity.
It’s one of three major upgrades underway to strengthen the Hamilton Highway, totalling $2.44 million. Work has also begun to rebuild 1.2 kilometres of the highway near Caramut and 1.1 kilometres near Fyansford.
The Hamilton Highway is a key freight route between Geelong and Hamilton, primarily serving the wool, grain and timber industries.
The Lismore section of the highway normally carries an average of about 2,600 vehicles per day, about 525 of which are heavy or commercial vehicles.
Crews are on site this week and works are due to be completed by December, weather permitting.
Lane closures and traffic management will be in place to limit disruptions as much as possible.
The upgrades are part of the Victorian Government’s two-year $425 million investment into rebuilding and resurfacing regional roads across the state.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“We’re continuing to invest in the Hamilton Highway because we know how important it is to communities and businesses across south west Victoria.”
“These works near Lismore are one of three upgrades we’re funding along the highway – worth a total of $2.44 million.”