VicRoads ‘mov­ing ahead’ with grey route

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The re­sult of the Moira Shire Coun­cil Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Bridge Plebiscite has “no for­mal bear­ing on the pre­ferred route de­ci­sion for the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala bridge re­place­ment” ac­cord­ing to VicRoads.

The Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle con­tacted VicRoads af­ter the plebiscite con­ducted by the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion on be­half of Moira Shire Coun­cil de­liv­ered a re­sound­ing vote in favour of the green route to en­quire if the re­sult would have an im­pact on the sta­tus of the cur­rent project.

“VicRoads is mov­ing ahead with the ‘grey route’ op­tion that was de­ter­mined af­ter ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion,” said VicRoads North East­ern Re­gional Direc­tor Nicki Kyr­i­akou.

“We con­sid­ered a num­ber of fac­tors and the se­lected route re­mains the best so­lu­tion to take trucks off Bel­more Street, re­duce con­ges­tion and pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.”

VicRoads re­it­er­ated that the plebiscite vote has no for­mal bear­ing on the route de­ci­sion for the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala bridge and that the roads author­ity is pro­ceed­ing with fi­nal­is­ing the re­fer­ral for an En­vi­ron­men­tal Ef­fects State­ment on the grey route to be sent to the De­part­ment of Trans­port, Plan­ning and Lo­cal In­fra­struc­ture for de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The out­come of the re­fer­ral, which VicRoads will seek to sub­mit in October, will de­ter­mine the re­quire­ments for the plan­ning ap­proval pro­cess.

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