May 31, 2017

CUTTING CONGESTION IN THE HEART OF BACCHUS MARSH

The Andrews Labor Government is investigating an alternative north-south route through the centre of Bacchus Marsh to get people home sooner and safer.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to announce $3 million to undertake a planning investigation into a proposal for an Eastern Link Road to reduce congestion through the heart of town.

Bacchus Marsh is growing rapidly, with an 18,500 population, expected to more than double by 2041.

The planning study will look at ways to reduce congestion on Grant Street, the main Bacchus Marsh thoroughfare running past two schools, a hospital, residential areas and businesses.

The study will also identify an appropriate route for a north-south link on the eastern side of town and examine potential impacts on the area.

This planning work will form part of business case which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan

“We’re putting the Bacchus Marsh community first by investing in planning for an Eastern Link that will ease congestion through the centre of town now and for future generations.”

“We are getting on with fixing congestion in this rapidly growing and important town to improve the quality of life for the whole community.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“We want to hear from the community about how we can get trucks out of the centre of town and improve safety for those that live and work in the area and depend on this road each day.”

“We’re planning for a strong Bacchus Marsh future as it continues to grow and develop as an important regional centre.”