Progress continues on Princes Highway duplication project

Progress is continuing on the Princes Highway duplication in Victoria, with the opening of a new 1.3 kilometre section of road on November 28.

The section, which runs between Wurruk and Sale, located about 200km east of Melbourne, is made up of six new road bridges.

The ongoing $175 million project to duplicate certain parts of the Princes Highway will be welcomed by any Victorian based fleet manager, as it will likely lead to reduced congestion and significantly decrease travel time.

That will therefore hopefully translate into a reduction in fuel consumption for any fleet vehicles which regularly use this popular stretch of road.

The wider Traralgon to Sale road duplication process is also expected to improve road safety along this essential stretch of Victorian highway, further benefiting the wider community.

Federal minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese believes the six newly opened roads will help facilitate completion of later stages of the project, and will also help improve traffic flow during the busy Christmas period.

"These latest improvements have been completed just in time for the holiday season, when there will be increased visitor traffic on the road," said Mr Albanese in a statement.

"Over time, this project will reduce travel times for motorists and reduce travel costs for the local dairy, timber, paper and gas production industries," added the minister. 

Victorian minister for Roads Terry Mulder was also on hand to note that regional highway stretches such as this are an important part in ensuring the ongoing success of the wider Victorian community.

"In regional Victoria our major highways are more than transport links; they connect communities, support jobs and drive regional growth," Mr Mulder said.

"This is an important milestone in this project and I’m sure the local community will be pleased with the progress to date and look forward to works continuing into next year."