South Gippsland Highway realignment a step closer

20 November, 2019South Gippsland Highway

Drivers are a step closer to a safer and straighter South Gippsland Highway, with CPB Contractors awarded the contract to realign the section of highway known locally as the Black Spur between Koonwarra and Meeniyan.

The $115.2 million upgrade will:

  • remove nine sharp bends from the South Gippsland Highway
  • reduce the length of the highway from 3.4km to 2.3km between Old Koonwarra-Meeniyan Road and Minns Road
  • install roadside barriers to improve safety
  • build two bridges over the Tarwin River
  • build a new underpass for the Great Southern Rail Trail near Caithness Road.

The upgrade will provide significant benefits for drivers who travel to popular Victorian tourism destinations such as Wilsons Promontory and Venus Bay.

The project is a big win for freight and tourism operators who’ll experience reduced travel times and improved reliability.

The realignment will also mean better access to ports in Melbourne, Hastings and Barry’s Beach.

Major construction is set to start in early 2020.

The $115.2 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

For more information see the South Gippsland Highway project page.

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