Prioritise Heathcote-Redesdale road widening: Ryan
08 August 2019
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan MP has renewed her calls for action to improve the safety of the Heathcote-Redesdale Rd.
Ms Ryan said the government needed to widen more shoulders along the road which is a popular route for trucks seeking to avoid congestion around Kilmore and Wallan.
“Residents have been worried about the safety of the Heathcote-Redesdale Rd for years,” Ms Ryan said.
“The government finally line marked the road after I repeatedly raised the community’s concerns but more work is needed to widen the shoulders of the road.”
Ms Ryan said she found it frustrating the Andrews Government was spending hundreds of millions of dollars rolling out wire rope barriers along straight stretches of freeway when country roads in need of upgrading or resurfacing were being ignored.
“Victoria’s rural road toll is currently 80 per cent higher than last year.
“It highlights how desperately we need greater investment to fix dangerous country roads like the stretch between Heathcote and Redesdale.
“I have always been of the view that if you fix country roads, you’ll save country lives.”
In response to Ms Ryan’s latest representations on the Heathcote-Redesdale Rd, the Roads Minister has said the road has been placed on a prioritised list for consideration in future funding programs but Ms Ryan said she was concerned country roads would continue to deteriorate.
“The Andrews Labor Government is using money for road maintenance to fix damaged wire rope barriers,” Ms Ryan said.
“They have also reduced spending on rural road upgrade projects by $220 million and are taking $2 billion out of the TAC to prop up their mismanaged state budget.
As the rollout of wire rope barriers continues it is expected that maintenance costs will rise, further reducing the money for road maintenance works.