Government chips in for vital road upgrades

Colac Otway mayor Jason Schram is happy about State Government funding to upgrade Colac’s Forest Street bridge across the Barongarook Creek.

Key roads in Colac and the Otways will get upgrades thanks to $1.5 million in State Government cash.

Colac Otway Shire Council will be able to complete upgrades of Colac’s Forest Street and Binns Road near Beech Forest after securing the funding in the second round of the government’s Fixing Country Roads Program.

Mayor Jason Schram said the council had received $504,000 from the government towards widening Forest Street and replacing the bridge over Barongarook Creek near Bulla Dairy Foods, with the council to chip in almost $395,000.

“The bridge on Forrest Street is narrow and not adequate for the current and future transport, particularly with the heavy transport that uses the street,” Cr Schram said.

“Forest Street is a major industrial precinct with a variety of industries including Bulla and AKD Softwoods, and upgrading the street and bridge will improve safety, reduce the about of maintenance required and ensure that economic and industrial development can continue in the area.”

The council has also received close to $1 million to improve the safety and accessibility of Binns Road near Beech Forest.

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