CONSTITUENCY QUESTION | WESTERN ROADS UPGRADE

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, the Honourable Jacinta Allan.

Melbourne’s population continues to grow more than any other capital city, with 60 per cent of that growth happening in our outer suburbs. The western roads upgrade will improve eight main roads across the west. It will also repair and resurface 37 roads and strengthen seven structures, mostly bridges.

The project will make it quicker, easier and safer for all road users; give local businesses opportunities for growth by improving priority truck routes; improve access to jobs; and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, including three new overpasses along the Federation Trail.

My question to the minister is: can the minister provide an update on the progress of the western roads upgrade project and explain how the road closures during the summer period will contribute towards the timely delivery of this important project?