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Road safety upgrade to benefit VIC logging operations

The Victorian Government is boosting safety at a notorious narrow road in Victoria’s south-west with a major upgrade on Dunkeld-Cavendish Road which serves as key link between the Glenelg and Henty Highways for up to 600 vehicles per day, including heavy vehicles that transport timber.

Acting Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jacinta Allan, said works are set to begin on the $4.5 million project that will repair and widen a 7.5km section of Dunkeld-Cavendish Road near Karabeal.

The major upgrade will ensure the road is safer and equipped to handle rising levels of traffic travelling in either direction. Currently, there are sections of the road where vehicles are unable to pass each other while remaining on the sealed surface.

These vital rebuilding and widening works will ensure these sections have a full lane in each direction, as well as sealed shoulders to further boost safety for the communities and industries that travel this road every day.

Works will commence on January 20 and will take several months to complete, weather permitting.

The upgrade is part of the Labor Government’s $40 million investment in upgrading narrow roads across the state’s south-west.

As part of this package, vital works have already been completed on Ayresford Road, Myamyn-Macarthur Road, Timboon-Nullawarre Road, Skipton Road, Foxhow Road, Inverleigh-Winchelsea Road, Inverleigh-Shelford Road, Casterton-Apsley Road, Coleraine-Edenhope Road and Warrnambool-Caramut Road.

“This major upgrade will mean Dunkeld-Cavendish Road is safer, smoother and more reliable for the hundreds of drivers each day," said Allan. “This is a key link between the Glenelg and Henty highways – including for heavy vehicles – so we’re making sure it is stronger and safer.”

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