June 22, 2017  |  Members Statements

Buninyong electorate roads

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — Recently the Minister for Roads and Road Safety joined me in Sebastopol to announce funding to investigate and design much-needed upgrades along Albert Street. This follows approaches to me by a number of residents in regard to the Hertford Street roundabout and how we can best improve safety for pedestrians crossing to nearby shops while finding the right balance to keep traffic moving effectively down Midland Highway.

The work will also look at upgrades to the intersection of Midland Highway and Docwra Street. This busy intersection is close to the Magpie Primary School and has been an issue raised by parents at the school who have experienced safety concerns when turning onto the Midland Highway after school drop-off and pick-up times.

Bacchus Marsh is growing rapidly, with its population expected to more than double by 2041. That is why the Andrews Labor government is working to reduce traffic congestion across the town and improve safety for those who live and work in the area and depend on local roads each day. A $3 million planning study will investigate options for an eastern link road to reduce congestion on Grant Street, which runs through the heart of Bacchus Marsh. A further $2.5 million will upgrade the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane interchange to the Western Highway.

I am pleased to see that works are now underway on the Halletts Way project to create new entry and exit ramps on the Western Freeway at Halletts Way and a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the freeway. This will also be great for the people in Bacchus Marsh.