Rural Victorian roads and bridges to receive funding aid

Rural communities around Victoria are set to benefit from a massive $40 million package injected by the government in a bid to improve travel conditions.

Minister for Roads Terry Mulder recently announced that the Victorian government's Country Roads and Bridges Program will see 40 rural councils in the area receive $1 million in funding per year. The program, now in its third year, spans a total of four years.

"This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of roads and bridges in rural Victoria," Mr Mulder noted in a November 20 statement.

"Since the Country Roads and Bridges program started, more than 40 bridges have undergone rehabilitation or replacement, and about 480 roads across the state have undergone major repairs, reseals or upgrades."

This news will be well received by any fleet manager in Victoria whose business relies on regular travel to rural areas.

Mr Mulder noted that the program resulted in a number of major repairs to some of the state's most important roads, including Seaview's Warragul-Leongatha Road.

"This important link in the Baw Baw local road network which had been rapidly deteriorating has now been fully repaired for the freight drivers and local rural community who use this road," he explained.

As the program nears the end of its schedule, more significant projects are underway for the remainder of this year and next year.

One of these will see the Mount Alexander Shire Council resurfacing its local sealed road network and improving the condition of the region's bridges. Critical roads in Strathlea, Harcourt , Metcalfe and other areas were in line to benefit from the funding.

These upgrades, along with the others that have been made possible by the government's program, will undoubtedly go some way in making the lives of fleet staff in rural Victoria easier.