- Surveying works begin on heavy vehicle alternate route
- Drivers urged to take care where works are being conducted
- Route will divert 600 trucks per day away from Bair Street
The Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route is another step closer to completion with important pre-construction works set to begin this week.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said VicRoads surveyors would be on site in Leongatha from today.
“The $5.12 million Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route, which was jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, will see more than 600 trucks per day to be diverted around the Leongatha CBD,” Mr Ryan said.
“This project will provide significant benefits to shoppers and business owners in Bair Street, including increased pedestrian safety, better traffic flows and less damage to the road caused by heavy vehicles.”
Mr Ryan said before the project could move to the design and construction phase, important surveying work needed to be completed.
“This work will ensure existing features such as power and water services can be accommodated in the project design or moved if necessary,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said once the surveying was complete the final design works and pre-construction activities such as service relocation would be carried out.
He said construction works would then follow in 2015, with the project expected to be complete by 2016.
“VicRoads will be in regular contact with the community, including landowners and key stakeholders to discuss potential designs for the Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route,” Mr Ryan said.
“There will also be community updates, briefing sessions and updates on South Gippsland Shire’s website, with finalised designs to be presented to the community later this year.”
Mr Ryan said while the surveying work was being completed temporary traffic changes would be put in place and he urged motorists to take care while travelling through the area.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government had prioritised roads funding in and around Leongatha.
“This year alone, the Coalition Government is investing more than $500 million to undertake vital road maintenance,” Mr Ryan said.
“This funding is in stark contrast to Labor's transport plan which sets aside just $1 billion over eight years, or $125 million a year, for regional roads.
“We are also investing $9.4 million to make South Gippsland safer through the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.
“This includes $4.5 million on the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster for safety barriers and rumble strips and $3.8 million for the Strzelecki Highway between Leongatha and Koorooman for safety barriers, rumble strips and tree removal.
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