The Australian Government of Victoria has commenced rebuilding work on Ballarat-Maryborough Road to improve the overall driving experience for commuters.

The 1.5km section of the road north of Miners Rest will be rebuilt and the existing road surface will be removed and replaced with a newer, stronger surface.

This rebuilding work will strengthen the work carried out at the adjoining 3km section, which started early last year.

The government has invested $425m in the maintenance of regional roads, resulting in the reconstruction, overhauling and strengthening of more than 370km of roads across the western region of Victoria.

With this investment, the government also aims to repair an aging 460m section of Bacchus Marsh-Gisborne Road, north of the intersection with Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The intersection will be reconstructed to cater towards increasing traffic.

Construction work will be undertaken during daylight hours throughout the week and will be finalised by the end of the month if weather permits.

Speed and lane regulations have been circulated among the locals for the safety of drivers and workers.

Victoria Acting Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jacinta Allan said: “We’re making sure Ballarat-Maryborough Road is smoother and more reliable for the thousands of drivers that rely on it every day.

“Whether it’s locals travelling to and from Ballarat or regional industry that rely on this key route, our regional roads maintenance blitz is building a stronger road network for everyone.”