Delays have already hit the Princes Highway duplication between Colac and Winchelsea, with VicRoads confirming work is already six months behind schedule.
The road authority has also awarded stage three of the project to BMD Constructions, the contractor responsible for work on the Geelong-to-Winchelsea section which opened almost two years later than planned.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said BMD Constructions had the stage-three contract to duplicate about 15 kilometres of highway between one kilometre west of Armytage Road and Warncoort.
“VicRoads advises that the duplication between Winchelsea and Colac will be completed by the end of 2019, six months later than was originally promised,” Ms Henderson said.
“This is very concerning.
“We cannot see a repeat of the unacceptable delays in construction which occurred on the duplication project between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea.”
But Ms Henderson said the highway duplication between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea had been a massive boost for our region, along with an upgrade through Winchelsea and new two-lane bridge “which has transformed the town”.
“Since 2009, I have campaigned for the Princes Highway duplication and it is wonderful to see yet another stage of the project underway,” she said.
“The Princes Highway is the main road link between Melbourne, south-west Victoria and South Australia, carrying more than 8000 vehicles each day, including 1500 trucks.
“Duplicating this road is vital for jobs, agriculture, tourism, small business and for the growth and prosperity of south-west Victoria, particularly Colac.”
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