• Funding program Investment Road and Rail Program
  • Status Underway
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Late 2020 - Late 2024
  • Estimated project cost $17,242,400
  • Australian Government contribution $17,242,400
  • Local Council/Shire Glenelg Shire Council,Shire of Moyne,Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • State VIC

Project description

The Port of Portland is the largest hardwood chip exporter in the world, with hardwood grown in the Green Triangle accounting for 4.5 million tonnes of woodchips exported annually. However, the roads in south-west Victoria were not designed for the heavy freight vehicles currently using them. The project is expected to deliver road upgrades across the Green Triangle region of south-west Victoria, with a focus on four key arterial road corridors that provide freight connections to the Port of Portland: 

  • Portland-Casterton Road
  • Henty Highway
  • Portland-Nelson Road
  • Princes Highway West.

These works will support growing industries in the region by providing improved access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles and improving the safety and efficiency of the road network.

Works in Tranche 1 will include:

  • Bridge Upgrades - The Australian Government is committing $9.4 million towards bridge upgrades at Grange Burn, Charcoal Creek and Wattle Hill Creek to improve access and safety for High Productivity Freight Vehicles. 
  • Road Surface and Intersection Upgrades - The Australian Government is committing $7.4 million to undertake a number of road surface upgrades to key routes within the Green Triangle region. 
  • Scoping and development - The Australian Government is committing $0.4 million for scoping and development works to inform projects for delivery in future tranches. 

Benefits

  • Improved road safety for all road users
  • Improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets
  • Improved accessibility and connectivity of road networks

Funding

Australian Government has committed $17.2 million towards the corridor.

Timetable

Scoping and development works for the corridor started in mid 2021. Tranche 1 works for the corridor started in late 2021, with the Road Surface and Intersection Upgrades project completed in mid 2022.The Bridges Upgrades project commenced construction in August 2023, and is expected to be completed by mid 2024.

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