Koo Wee Rup bypass to reduce truck traffic


More than 900 trucks will be taken away from a Victorian town once the Koo Wee Rup bypass is built

September 27, 2013

More than 900 trucks will be taken away from a Victorian town once the Koo Wee Rup bypass is built.

The $66 million project includes a 3.4km two-lane arterial road connecting Koo Wee Rup and the South Gippsland Highway, and is set to redirect around 6,000 vehicles away from the township each day, Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan says.

"The bypass will improve safety and help reduce the impacts of traffic and particularly the impacts of truck travelling through the Koo Wee Rup town centre," Ryan says.

Member for Bass Ken Smith says the bypass will improve air quality and reduce traffic noise.

"Importantly, it will help reduce delays during public periods when traffic increases significantly as people head towards Victoria’s south east to Phillip Island," Smith says.

"Works on the new two-lane road will include constructing roundabouts at Manks Road, Rossiter Road and the South Gippsland Highway.

"The new roundabout at Manks Road will also include new road links to enter the township."

The bypass will be built by the AbiGroup which will start construction later this year.

The project is due for completion by late 2015.

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