Roadworks enter final stages

Golden Plains shire has awarded the construction contract for the final two stages of the Meredith-Shelford Road Widening Project to Berne Fleming Civil Pty Ltd.

Stages four and five of the project will include the widening of about 4.65 kilometres of Meredith-Shelford Road south of Meredith, alongside major culvert upgrade works and the installation of guard fencing, completing the staged 10.5km upgrade of the road.

The final two stages of the project are funded by phase three of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

The Meredith-Shelford Road Widening Project commenced in 2020, with funding from the Australian government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

Since 2020, three stages of works have been undertaken to widen and resurface approximately 6km of Meredith-Shelford Road, with stage three of the project completed in January 2021.

The widening of the road is expected to support a safer and more efficient transportation network for Golden Plains Shire and establish better access to the nearby Golden Plains Food Production Precinct.

At a total of $4.38 million, the road widening project has been supported by the Australian government, with $1.95 million from the Roads to Recovery program and $1.65 million in LRCI phase three funding, alongside $783,333 from the Victorian Government’s AgriLinks Upgrade Program.

“Council is committed to delivering projects that provide safer, more efficient road transportation for residents in our shire,” mayor Gavin Gamble said.

“The upgrade of Meredith-Shelford Road is an important, long-term project that was made possible thanks to the funding support from the federal and Victorian governments.

“Council is pleased to have delivered the first three stages of this project, delivering a safer road for all users and supporting the growth of the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct. With the tender awarded for the final two stages of the upgrade, we look forward to seeing this major project completed soon.”