The Government of Victoria in Australia has stared rebuilding and repairing a section of the Blue Ribbon Road near Dooen, a small town situated in the state’s Wimmera region.

The 700m section will be overhauled to increase the strength, durability and longevity of the road, which is accessed by around 600 drivers daily.

Work on the Blue Ribbon Road is expected to be completed in five weeks.

The government will also reseal another 11km of the road surface to improve its durability and longevity.

Last year, the government laid around 297,000t of asphalt and fixed 145,000 potholes.

The government aims to repair and rebuild another 1,500km of roads in Victoria this year, which is expected to generate around 1,100 jobs in the construction sector.

Blue Ribbon Road is one of the 12 roads being overhauled and resurfaced. It is among the six busiest Wimmera roads.

Earlier this month, the government allocated A$870m for the improvement of roads and freeways in Victoria.

The government also announced plans to upgrade around 1,800km of roads, repair 150,000 potholes and trim around 30,000km of roadside vegetation over the next year alone.

Under the second round of the government’s A$100m Fixing Country Roads programme, regional councils started 133 municipal road improvement projects.

The work includes sealing gravel roads, rebuilding sections of local roads and strengthening bridges.

Minister for Roads and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said: “Our massive maintenance blitz is delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the roads that our rural industries and communities rely on.

“The local community use this road each and every day and these works will ensure they have a better and safer journey.”

Last month, the government planned to upgrade three high-risk intersections in Mildura.