A contractor has been fined for carrying out unapproved road works in Laverton North after complaints from the public.

Leakes Road, near Interchange Drive, was reduced to a single lane in each direction during the work.

VicRoads said it received a number of calls complaining about the road works, but was not in a position to act, with the road falling under the jurisdiction of Wyndham council.

Wyndham council city economy and liveability director Kate Roffey said the council had been made aware of the work last week.

“Council was made aware of works taking place without our approval near Leakes Road and Interchange Drive in Laverton North earlier this week,” she said. “Upon visiting the site, council officers stopped the works and issued the contractor with an infringement. The contractor has since been able to meet the requirements of council and the works will proceed.”

The council would not disclose how much the contractor was fined.

Leakes Road is one of eight “high-priority” roads involved in duplication and widening
in a $1.8 billion state government roads package. It will be duplicated between Fitzgerald and Derrimut roads to provide two lanes each
way.

Sections of Dunnings, Palmers, Derrimut, Dohertys, Forsyth and Duncans roads are also in line for duplication and widening as part of the package.