Consultation to begin on road proposal


Plans to ease congestion by providing an alternative access to Victoria's Bacchus Marsh from the Western Freeway have been released

April 24, 2012

Plans to ease congestion by providing an alternative access to Victoria’s Bacchus Marsh from the Western Freeway have been released.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder says the government will now consult with the community before making a final decision.

He has confirmed that possible alignments from the freeway which may have required demolition of homes will not be pursued.

"The next stage of consultation is set to commence in coming weeks when wider community feedback is invited to help us refine options and identify issues for more detailed consideration and investigation," Mulder says.

"Options identified to date include upgrading the existing Western Freeway eastern interchange, or constructing a new freeway interchange, with a number of road network connections having been suggested.

"We can now start the public process to find a practical solution which balances road safety, traffic management, freight efficiency, planning and environmental challenges to secure the long term transport links crucial for Bacchus March’s future development."

Federal funding has been committed for interchange works and VicRoads is working closely with the state and federal governments to ensure that funding remains available for an alternative access to and from the freeway, he adds.

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