Highway duplication just part of project

Thank you for the progress report on the duplication of the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell published recently in The Courier.

The project is part of a series of works on the highway between Bacchus Marsh and the South Australian border to which the Australian Government has committed $604 million for the period 2008-09 to 2013-14. The works are:

·Anthony's Cutting Realignment ($160 million);

·duplication between Ballarat and Stawell ($404 million); and

·upgrades between Stawell  and the South Australian border ($40 million).

As reported in your article, current funding for the duplication between Ballarat and Stawell will complete approximately 57 of the 110 kilometres. 

The Victorian government has already submitted the completion of the Western Highway duplication for consideration in the next Nation Building Program.

All submissions for funding are currently being assessed by Infrastructure Australia and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, with a view to providing advice to the Australian Government during 2013.

CATHERINE KING

Ballarat MHR

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