VICROADS contractors will be back at Ruby for the next few weeks to finish the job on the South Gippsland Highway they started last year.
Work started yesterday on the project yesterday and should be completed before the end of the month according to VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence.
“Works completed last year were impacted by adverse weather conditions late in the season,” Mr Lawrence said.
“A bitumen seal surface was applied to protect the site during winter and spring to prevent damage to vehicles travelling through the area.
“The temporary seal will now be lifted and the crushed rock compacted before a new seal is applied to make the road smoother and safer for motorists.
“There may be speed reductions and some delays while the works are carried out and we thank motorists for their patience.
“The message is simple, slow down, drive carefully and let’s get everyone home safe,” Mr Lawrence said.
The project is one of nineteen resurfacing jobs planned for South Gippsland as part of the summer program.
It includes important road maintenance including mowing and vegetation trimming to reduce fire risk and improve road safety and visibility.
“Over the next three months it’s estimated $2.1M will be invested into resurfacing works in the South Gippsland Shire in addition to recent investments of $630,000 to rebuild sections of the Fish Creek-Foster Road at Fish Creek and $685,000 to rebuild the Waratah Road at Fish Creek and Waratah North,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The condition of the roads will be addressed as a priority now that warmer weather is upon us.
“Warm and dry conditions in summer are ideal for road construction and provide the best conditions for the application of new surfaces.
Other VicRoads summer safety improvement projects include:
• Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, Tarwin Lower
• Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Korumburra
• Meeniyan-Mirboo North Road, Mirboo North.