The Roberts Road Bridge in Yarragon will be replaced thanks to Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent welcomed the $366,000 in funding for the bridge replacement saying the timing couldn’t be better to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads in Monash.

“This vital funding will allow communities like the Baw Baw Shire community fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Every single local job we support in Monash by investing in infrastructure projects like the Roberts Road Bridge replacement means one less worry for another Australian and their family, reliable work on the books for local construction companies and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough.

“By improving our country roads and bridges this funding will also help keep people safe on our roads while making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and local communities.

“This includes our local truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep supermarket shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving.

“Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all our local produce in Gippsland can reach destinations sooner and safer,” Mr Broadbent said.