Sub-standard roads

COUNTRY Victorians are dealing with sub-standard, dangerous local roads and highways, full of potholes, cracked and warped surfaces. 

While billions of dollars are poured into metropolitan roads - on top of the more than a billion wasted scrapping the previous government's East-West Link - the State Opposition has accused the Premier, Daniel Andrews of presiding over "two Victorias". 

An all too regular sign confronting motorists on country roads.

An all too regular sign confronting motorists on country roads.

"The first thing Daniel Andrews did after becoming Premier was to scrap the country roads and bridges program, which gave councils $160 million to prioritise and fix their local road networks," Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell said.

"He then spent that money upgrading bridges in his own suburban electorate. He also cut road maintenance funding."

The Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford has defended the government's record, citing a recent announcement where regional and rural councils could apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads.

Ms Britnell said that Mr Andrews was presiding over a shambolic mess of a road maintenance system, which waits until roads are at their worst before giving them any attention, rather than proactively and regularly maintaining them, which costs less and has significantly better long-term results.

"I have regional transport businesses telling me their vehicle repair and maintenance bills are going through the roof because of the shocking state of our roads. I have even had reports of solid bluestone being damaged in transit because the roads are so rough.

"Under Daniel Andrews, the cost of moving freight by road in country Victoria is on the rise," she said. 

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