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Hyland Highway next stage to begin soon

The next stage of a $10 million upgrade of the Hyland Highway will get underway soon with realignment of the major intersection between the Highway and Grand Ridge Road at Willung South.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he had been campaigning consistently for improvement to the Hyland Highway which carries significant volumes of traffic between the Latrobe Valley and Yarram.

Through the work of Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, the Commonwealth and State Governments are contributing $10 million to the upgrade.

“I’m pleased that the next stage of these works will get underway soon with a $2.19 million contract being awarded in late May for improvements to the Grand Ridge Road intersection.

“The Hyland Highway is a difficult and dangerous road and the intersections along it have often been the scenes of fatal accidents.

“I would like to see much more realignment and elimination of curves as part of the upgrade but at the very least we are getting significant improvements.”

The new contract will convert the existing Y-intersection to a T-intersection, install new turning lanes, widen the road and seal some of the shoulders as well as upgrading the existing bus stop.

Mr O’Brien said this will improve one of the busier intersections on the Highway and follows works to improve the camber on the curve at the Carrajung Lower Road intersection where new safety barriers have also been installed.

“There is still a lot of work to do on the Hyland Highway and the prospect of the Star of the South Wind Farm construction coming up would increase the need for shoulder sealing, widening of the road and reducing the number of curves where possible.

“The road takes a significant volume of boats and caravans as well as log trucks and milk tankers and the terrain makes it difficult to deliver a safe drive.

“I will continue to campaign for improvements to this road as I know it is a great concern to many of my constituents in the Yarram area.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, looks forward to works to improve the Grand Ridge Road intersection on the Hyland Highway.

 

2 July 2020

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