Victoria’s State Government has outlined plans for a $130 million boost to road funding in the upcoming state budget, along with more funds for public transport.
The plan includes $50 million for capital restoration works and an extra $80 million for road maintenance and resealing.
Victoria’s Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said the additional funding will improve the rate at which VicRoads reseals and restores roads across the state.
"This extra funding allows us to fix more roads, more often," Mr Mulder said. "Victoria's roads will be better maintained and improved as a result of this funding boost."
State Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the 2014-15 budget will see road funding for Victoria break the $500 million barrier, with the extra $130 million allocated over four years for road maintenance and restoration works above pre-set funding levels.
"This extra funding will go into improving roads right across Melbourne and in every region of Victoria," Mr O'Brien said.
"The Coalition Government is building a better Victoria by not only delivering new job- creating infrastructure projects, but upgrading and maintaining our existing assets, including our extensive road network.”
Mr O’Brien outlined a funding boost for public transport in the budget, but would not be drawn on specifics for the plan.
"There will be significant boost to public transport as well in the budget but we'll leave [that] for another day," Mr O'Brien said, speaking with SBS. "There'll be further announcements about road work down the track."
The Federal Government pledged $1.5 billion to commence construction of the East West Link in Melbourne before last year’s federal election, with the 2014-15 federal budget also set to be announced next month.
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