Geelong Ring Road Gets Closer

Geelong Ring Road Gets Closer

Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman

Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder

Open Season For Geelong Ring Road Section 4A

Victor P Taffa

Families heading off to enjoy their summer holidays along the Great Ocean Road and Victoria’s picturesque Surf Coast can from today expect a quicker, smoother and safer journey following the completion of yet another section of the Geelong Ring Road.

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the commissioning of the new, $125 Million Section 4A brings the 30 year vision of replacing the Princes Highway which runs through the heart of Geelong the State’s second biggest city with a freeway standard road around it is closer than ever before to being fulfilled.

“In a practical sense, completion of this section along with the previous three stages means motorists can now travel for more than 100 km between Melbourne and Anglesea without confronting a single traffic light.” Mr. Mulder said.

“Completing the entire Ring Road from Corio to the start of Princes Highway West as quickly as possible is a priority for us. Once fully built, this new piece of road infrastructure will help secure Geelong’s future as well as further open up the regions beyond it.”

“It’s the right infrastructure coming at the right time and in the decades ahead it will support the region’s population growth, generate jobs and drive investment. Today is a significant milestone in the delivery of this historic project.”

The 2.5 kilometre long Section 4A was built with funding from both the Federal ($62.5 Million) and Victorian ($62.5 Million) governments. Construction of the Ring Road’s last remaining piece Section 4B is currently underway and on track to be completed by mid- 2013.

Representing Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese at today’s official celebrations, Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman said Section 4A is a vital part of the Ring Road, linking the Princes Highway at Waurn Ponds to Anglesea Road.

“Expected to carry up to 10,500 vehicles a day, the opening of this section to traffic will make the Surf Coast an even easier place to get to for a holiday or weekend away and an even better place to live, work and raise a family.” Mr. Cheeseman said.

“What’s more, completion of the entire Ring Road in 2013 will mark the beginning a new chapter in the story of Geelong. It will open up our region further, creating new residential, business and tourism opportunities.”

Since 2008, the Federal and Victorian governments are together investing more than $1.3 Billion to build the new Geelong Ring Road and duplicate the existing Princes Highway to Colac.

Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman

Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman