Funding to steer trucks off local roads in Vic town


Federal and Victorian governments to jointly fund road safety improvement works in Rutherglen

Funding to steer trucks off local roads in Vic town
Chester says the move will reduce traffic congestion and support freight productivity in the region.

 

The federal and state governments have announced a joint $4 million investment to take heavy vehicles off local roads in a north-eastern Victorian town.

The investment will see trucks and heavy vehicles being redirected off local roads in central Rutherglen in order to improve road safety following 13 crashes in the area between January 2012 and December 2016.

"The project delivers on the Coalition’s election commitment and will reduce traffic congestion, improve access to retail services, and maximise the benefits of tourism to the area while supporting freight productivity," federal infrastructure and transport Darren Chester says.

Victorian roads and road safety minister Luke Donnellan says increased traffic was putting strain on the town’s main roads, affecting local residents and businesses.

"This project will reduce congestion and improve safety in Rutherglen cutting the number of trucks that travel through the town to other destinations," Donnellan says. State member for Northern Victoria

Jaclyn Symes says the local community will be able to have a say on the project.

"We’ll be consulting with the local community, businesses, council and freight industry as we work to identify a preferred project route for this important project," Symes says.

Construction is expected to start in late 2018, with works expected to complete in late 2020.

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