By Mitchell Clarke
A road blitz to rebuild and resurface more than 66,000 square metres of road in Cardinia Shire has wrapped up.
The State Government’s $653.5 million blitz over two years has so far “strengthened and smoothed” roads across Victoria, with more than 230,000 potholes filled, 53,500 kilometres of roadside grass mowed and 41,000 signs repaired or replaced.
In Cardinia Shire alone, more than $650,000 was spent on spray seal resurfacing the Princes Freeway.
Labor Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said drivers would now experience “more reliable journeys” as the “massive program” of road maintenance works concluded for the season.
“Across the Cardinia Shire, we’re investing in safer, stronger, smoother roads to make sure we keep locals moving,” Ms Crugnale said.
“We’ve completed a huge amount of work during this massive road maintenance blitz.
“On any given night more than 100 workers were on the ground in Melbourne and more than 1,500 jobs were supported right across the state.”
Crews attended more than 2200 out-of-hours callouts, totalling more than 5000 working hours, to remove hazards like trees or debris,attending accidents and assessing roads impacted by fires or floods.
A whopping 15,000 tonnes of recycled materials – such as glass, plastic and tyres – was also used in the creation of more durable country roads.
It’s anticipated the next maintenance blitz will begin as the weather warms up.