Flood work to plug future challenges for Victorian roads

The Victorian government has committed to future proofing Victorian roads as part of an extensive program of flood repair work rolling out across the state

Vital work on north-south freight routes devastated by the Victorian floods is well underway.

In a statement this week Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, says construction work is underway on major arterials including the Goulburn Valley Freeway, Hume Freeway, Shepparton Alternative Highway and Midland Highway in the state’s north-east.

“We’re continuing to deliver long-term repairs to our most badly damaged roads across the state following the devasting floods last year – ensuring motorists can keep moving safely and get to where they need to go,” Horne says.

Among the projects underway are major patching works on the Goulburn Valley Freeway between Seymour and Shepparton, which was forced to close in October last year due to flooding.

The works so have repaired the damage to the road and will improve the strength and lifespan of the road itself.

Minister Horne says the works will also allow the freeway to continue functioning as a key freight route for Victoria, forming part of a national freight corridor for good travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane, which also runs through the Goulburn Valley food bowl.

The State Government says more than 937 kilometres of flood recovery activities have been completed across Victoria since the floods, ranging from clearing debris and drainage to rebuilding and repair works and a further 119 kilometres of work is currently underway.

World-first laser technology is also being used to assess the condition of the damage to the roads from the floods to inform additional recovery projects state-wide and ensure safety for all road users.

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