YEARS of waiting and lobbying will pay off later this month as works begin on the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route.
The route up Long Street will see around 600 heavy vehicles directed away from Leongatha’s CBD.
The winning tender was awarded to Fowlers Asphalting, which is expected to begin its construction works later this month.
Water mains, sewer, electricity and Telstra services have already been realigned to the new intersection at the Ogilvy Street, Koonwarra Road.
Over the next nine to 12 months works will start on:
• Realigning intersection at Long Street/Ogilvy Street/South Gippsland Highway
• Traffic lights and street lighting to be installed at Long Street/Ogilvy Street/South Gippsland Highway intersection
• South Gippsland Highway/Roughead Street intersection to be widened to cater for B Doubles
• Vegetation to be thinned at Centenary Park (old pig market) for improved sights
• Road level lifting to cater for higher vehicles
• Early warning signs to be installed for vehicles queued at Roughead Street
• Street lighting at Roughead Street/Strzelecki Highway
• Car park access behind Great Southern Outdoors to be widened
• New 3m shared pathway connecting Ogilvy Street through to railway/bus precinct
• Side intersections along Long Street (A’Beckett and Jeffery streets) to be left turn in, left turn out.
Project manager at VicRoads Ben Kennedy said arrangements for traffic around the works was yet to be finalised.
He also confirmed discussions were ongoing with VicTrack as to that group’s intentions.
VicTrack, as owners of the railway land, will be analysing its future needs.
The railway was in use as the South Gippsland Tourist Rail, but the volunteer group has disbanded since the tender contracts were signed.
Bypass work to start this month