Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine (left) turns the first sod at the site of new overtaking lanes between Port Fairy and Yambuk, with the help of Moyne Shire mayor Jim Doukas, VicRoads regional director William Tieppo and Hazell Bros manager Mario Aiezza. TWO new Princes Highway passing lanes will be built near Yambuk in a $5.17 million project starting this week.
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Each will be 1.2-kilometres long for east and west-bound traffic on the notoriously-dangerous stretch between Goose Lagoon and Fingerboard Road.

In conjunction with two other passing lanes being constructed near Terang and two more later in the year at a yet-to-be-announced section, motorists will be given long-awaited improvements to the busy highway route west of Colac.

South West Coast MP Denis Napthine and VicRoads regional director William Tieppo officially kick-started the Yambuk project on Friday by turning the first sod with a shovel.

Next week earthmoving equipment and contract crews will start work, which is expected to continue to June.

Improvements will also be made to the intersection of the highway and Fingerboard Road.

“This is a very important route and the new lanes will make a significant improvement to safety between Yambuk and Warrnambool,” Dr Napthine told The Standard.

“There is an average of 26,000 vehicles a day through this area.

“The section has many dips and bends and there are no real safe opportunities to pass slow-moving vehicles.

“Indeed there have been a number of serious and fatal accidents in this area over the years.”

Mr Tieppo said the works would be a significant safety improvement for the busy route for freight, tourists and locals.

Moyne Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Doukas said it was good to see government money going to the western part of the state rather than Gippsland, where there seemed to be numerous road improvements.

According to the principal contractor for the Yambuk project, about 30 jobs will be created.

“We will use as many local labourers and businesses as we can,” Hazell Bros manager Mario Aiezza said.

“There will be a minimum of 10 jobs directly on site and 20 jobs off site.

“It’s not just about safety, but also boosting the local jobs market.

“Motorists should expect traffic delays.”

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