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Friday, 15 September 2017

PLANNING FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS FOR MARONG ROAD

The Andrews Labor Government is investigating ways to improve capacity on Marong Road between Ironbark and Maiden Gully in Bendigo’s west.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced $3.5 million to conduct planning studies to ensure that the section of Marong Road (Calder Highway) meets the future needs of the community.

Some of the improvements that will be investigated as part of the business case development include additional lanes in each direction, improved intersections, and facilities to promote cycling and walking.

Marong Road is currently used by 12,000 vehicles a day, with traffic volumes increasing each year as a result of substantial growth in the Maiden Gully and Marong areas.

This planning project will ensure that residents and road users will have a safer and more efficient road for years to come.

The Calder Highway forms an important connection between Bendigo, Maiden Gully, and Marong. It’s also an important freight and tourist route to the north west of Victoria.

VicRoads will engage the community as part of the project to understand what is important to them in regards to the future of Marong Road.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“Maiden Gully and Marong are growing, and we want to ensure that these communities have a road network that meets their needs.”

“Community consultation during the planning process will ensure that we can provide a better road for locals, both now and into the future.”

 

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