New Vic­to­rian free­way will take thou­sands of trucks off the road

Big Rigs - - TRIBUTE -

THE An­drews La­bor Govern­ment’s Mor­dial­loc Free­way will take thou­sands of trucks off lo­cal roads in the south east, slash travel times and give lo­cal res­i­dents safer and qui­eter streets.

An Environment Ef­fects State­ment for the $375 mil­lion Mor­dial­loc Free­way shows that the project will de­liver mas­sive ben­e­fits for driv­ers, walk­ers, cy­clists and the environment.

Min­is­ter for Roads Luke Don­nel­lan opened the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod and in­vited the pub­lic to pro­vide feed­back on the EES doc­u­ments for the project. The more than 7,000 page re­port com­pre­hen­sively as­sesses the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects and ben­e­fits of the project, find­ing it will de­liver travel time sav­ings of more than 10 min­utes be­tween the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula Free­way and the Din­g­ley By­pass. “Lo­cals have told us they want this new link and now they’ve got the chance to be in­volved in feed­back on how we build the best Mor­dial­loc Free­way,” said Mem­ber for Mor­dial­loc Tim Richard­son.

The new free­way will take 13,000 trucks off nearby ar­te­rial and lo­cal roads ev­ery day, giv­ing lo­cal roads back to lo­cal res­i­dents from Aspendale Gar­dens through to Din­g­ley Vil­lage and be­yond. Noise walls will be con­structed along the new Mor­dial­loc Fwy to re­duce ve­hi­cle noise near res­i­den­tial ar­eas in­clud­ing Din­g­ley Vil­lage, Aspendale Gar­dens and Wa­ter­ways.

Twin bridge struc­tures will be built over the Wa­ter­ways wet­lands al­low­ing light to reach veg­e­ta­tion un­der­neath while no-go zones will min­imise im­pacts of con­struc­tion on the nat­u­ral environment. A shared user path will be built along the en­tire length of the nine kilo­me­tre free­way, of­fer­ing a safer route for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

The EES will be on dis­play for 30 busi­ness days at lo­ca­tions in Din­g­ley Vil­lage, Chel­tenham, Chelsea, Dan­de­nong, Spring­vale and Melbourne CBD as well as on­line at road­pro­jects.vic.gov.au.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

EAS­ING TRAF­FIC: Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan.

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