A significant investment in Bacchus Marsh roads will relieve congestion in the centre of town and create a better quality and safer life for those using these roads daily.
Mayor Cr David Edwards is delighted with the State Government’s announcement, which details:
$3 million to undertake a planning investigation into a proposal for an Eastern Link Road
$2.5 million to upgrade Gisborne Road and Holts Lane interchange to the Western Highway, including building additional lanes at the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane intersection and a slip lane connecting traffic to the Western Freeway Melbourne-bound entry ramp.
“Both these projects will ease congestion through the centre of Bacchus Marsh, which is urgently needed,” Cr Edwards said.
“Council has been advocating for this for a long time. Our rapid population growth and the high amount of vehicles using the Gisborne Rd interchange daily has resulted in a great demand for an eastern link and upgrades to roads to ease congestion.
“I commend the work done by Council officers in our Infrastructure department who have researched and advocated for the best outcomes for Bacchus Marsh, and thank the Government and VicRoads for committing to this important project.
A planning study will look at ways to reduce congestion on Grant Street and identify an appropriate route for a north-south link on the eastern side of town.
This planning work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Construction on the Gisborne Road and Western Freeway interchange upgrade is expected to begin later this year and take 18 months to complete.
Added to this is the soon to be completed work on Halletts Way/O’Leary Way which will also reduce the traffic burden in Bacchus Marsh.
“This is all great news for Bacchus Marsh, and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority and Vicroads to deliver good outcomes for the community,” Cr Edwards said.