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Andrews Labor government all quiet on planning for Traralgon highway bypass

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says its critical the Andrews Government accelerates the consultation process for the final planning and design of the long-awaited Traralgon bypass.

By news@gippsland - 22nd September 2021 - Back to News

Mr Chester said local residents and the broader Gippsland community needed greater certainty around the project which would create jobs, reduce congestion in Traralgon, improve road safety and boost productivity. "Four years ago, the Andrews Government committed $1.4 million for a business case to examine the feasibility of constructing a highway bypass around Traralgon but its all gone quiet," Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said with the final stages of the duplication project to Sale underway it was time to get consultation and design work completed on the Traralgon bypass

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said with the final stages of the duplication project to Sale underway it was time to get consultation and design work completed on the Traralgon bypass

Government needs to be completely transparent

Mr Chester said, "Theres so many unanswered questions like is the project viable, what does it cost, is the route finalised, and when would it be built? but we hear nothing from the Andrews Government. With the final stages of the duplication project to Sale now underway, its time to get the consultation and design work completed on the Traralgon bypass."

"The Andrews Government needs to be completely transparent with the community to allow businesses and affected residents to make long-term decisions. This project has been spoken about for over 30 years, some work has already been done around potential routes, but its come to a standstill."

"Although the State Government owns the road, the majority of the funding for a project of this scope would come from the Federal Government and we need to get some numbers in front of the Treasury."

Investing in better transport infrastructure

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said the community must be fully consulted on any plans for the Traralgon bypass. "The Andrews Government needs to listen to the community, get the planning done and make a commitment to work with the Commonwealth to fund the project in the future."

"Investing in better transport infrastructure, whether it is highway duplication or a bypass, would greatly improve connectivity and enhance Gippslands major transport route. This project is supported by residents concerned with the unsustainable congestion on Traralgon roads which are causing safety issues and impacting liveability. There are many benefits of the project progressing, which is why the Andrews Government must undertake the planning and assess the project." Ms Bath said.

Pictures from Darren Chester MP website.


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