Road safety is our utmost priority and roadside trees can be a hazard in run off road accidents.
VicRoads chief executive John Merritt
The Western Highway is being duplicated from Ballarat to Stawell, at a cost of $662.3 million.
It said detailed road design would likely reduce the actual number of large old trees lost to “less than” 221.
VicRoads concedes it badly misjudged the amount of native flora it would have to remove between Beaufort and Ararat. Photo: WHAM