We drove from Geelong to Colac and further recently and what a mess it is in Winchelsea - even before the bridges all the way to the outskirts of the town - dug up. And also there are still areas before Winchelsea that are in the process of widening. It will take years. Even two years ago they were widening the road. Is it really so necessary!
The duplication of the Princess Highway at Winchelsea. PIC: Kris Reichl
CONSTRUCTION has started on the next stage of the Princes Highway duplication between Winchelsea and Colac.
The project will see the highway upgraded to a four-lane divided road to improve safety and travel times.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson was in Colac to mark the start of construction on Monday.
“This route serves many important industries in southwest Victoria, including agriculture, logging, grain growing, dairy and tourism,” Ms Henderson said.
“The Princes Highway West is a major link to tourist attractions, such as the Great Ocean Road, and is a vital link for regional Victorians to commercial centres such as the port of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.”
Ms Henderson said the upgrade would increase efficiency and improve safety for motorists and heavy vehicles.
Labor’s candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker welcomed the start of construction.
“It is going to help Colac to grow and prosper,” Ms Coker said.
“From Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea there was over a year delay and I know for many local businesses it has been a real struggle. I hope the next stage is well managed and I look forward to the benefits that come from it.”
Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019.
The Australian and Victorian governments have each committed $185.5 million to complete the duplication between Winchelsea and Colac.