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Federal funds for Princes Highway East

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The Federal Government will spend $15 million this year on improving the Princes Highway East, a vital arterial link to the industrialised La Trobe Valley, the Minister for Transport and Communications Support, Peter Morris, announced today.

"The money will enable the upgrading of the road between Dandenong and Traralgon," Mr Morris said.

"Since 1983, more than $90 million has been spent on improving access to the La Trobe Valley industrial zone, the tourist destinations and farming areas of Gippsland.

"This highway, with 15 000 vehicle movements per day, is one of the busiest in Victoria and critical to the development of the growing industrial area of the La Trobe Valley.

"As a developmental road, approved road construction projects on the Princes Highway East are eligible for full funding by the Federal Government."

Mr Morris also advised that $8.7 million had been approved for expenditure on the Princes Highway East over the next three years.

Additional funds for the following projects include:

$7 million for duplication between Nar Nar Goon and Bunyip River,


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$1 million for land acquisition and services relocation in respect of future works on Morwell Bypass, and

$280 000 for duplication between Warragal and Moe River.

"Already, 70 per cent of the highway is at four lane standard, making travel easier, quicker, cheaper and safer," Mr Morris said.

"This financial year, the Federal Government has allocated more than $249 million for construction and maintenance work on roads in Victoria.

"Of this, $92.5 million is for National Roads works, $108.4 million for arterial roads and $48.4 million for local road projects."


For further information contact Ian Greenshields (062) 68 7522