A notorious bottleneck on the Mornington Peninsula is set to receive over $1.5 million in federal funding for upgrades thanks to the Morrison Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Bentons Road between Derril Road and the Mooroduc Highway will receive $1.62 million in upgrades, with construction set to start early next year.
Federal Member for Finders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said the latest round of program funding was welcome news for residents on the Mornington Peninsula.
“The Roads to Recovery funding in Moorooduc and across the Mornington Peninsula will help the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads,” Minister Hunt said.
“Alongside Bentons Road, the current round of Roads to Recovery projects will include the following:
- Wilkinson Street, Tootgarook between Carmichael Street and Burdett Street
- Carmichael Street, Tootgarook between Wilkinson Street and Barry Street
- Coast Road, French Island
“The Morrison Government has committed over $8 million over the next 5 years to improve roads on the Peninsula through the Roads to Recovery Program. This is in addition to our $86 million in road infrastructure investments during the 2019 election for projects that will make sure locals get home safer and sooner.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20.
“From 2013–24, the Government will deliver $6.1 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following,” Mr McCormack said.
“Whether it’s roundabouts, turning lanes or traffic lights, this is real money to fix local roads, which local councils can spend on local priorities.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Gee said the Australian Government was committed to getting Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they lived.
“Our Roads to Recovery investments will deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country,” Mr Gee said.
“Good, safe roads are vital for our communities. They ensure our freight moves more efficiently, our traffic moves more smoothly and our drivers get to their destinations without accident or injury.”
The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through Financial Assistance Grants, and the Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity and Roads to Recovery programs.
More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.