Plans for the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route are progressing with a final road design expected to be presented to the community in February.
A FINAL plan for the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route will be presented to the community in February.
No timeframe has yet been committed to when work will start on the route which is designed to take trucks out of the main street, instead directing them up Long Street to reconnect with Koonwarra Road.
Work on the route has been ongoing since the initial planning study in 2012.
Initial consultations brought a number of important considerations to VicRoads’ attention – specifically the need for traffic lights at the Ogilvy Street/Koonwarra Road/Long Street intersection, which is a busy children’s crossing; footpaths along Long Street, and traffic island refuges for pedestrians to connect to the VLine bus stop.
VicRoads and South Gippsland Shire Council had planned to present the final road design to the community in late 2014.
However, the additional design, survey and heavy vehicle modelling works has required more time than originally estimated.
“To ensure we are designing the best solution for this project, the road design phase will now be finalised in early 2015,” a VicRoads spokesperson said.
“VicRoads and South Gippsland Shire Council will meet with adjacent landowners and stakeholders during January 2015, to discuss the final road design and any changed conditions in the vicinity of their property.
“Following these discussions, the final road design will be presented to the Leongatha community for information in February 2015.
“Further details around the timing of the presentation will be provided closer to the date.
“In the meantime, VicRoads will continue to progress preconstruction activities, including planning, design and relocation of utility services, in readiness for advertising a construction contract in mid-2015.”
During this time, council will begin planning for the Bair Street CBD Rejuvenation Project.