Funding approved to steer trucks clear of local Rutherglen streets

Media Release

DC326/2017

31 October 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Jaclyn Symes

Member for Northern Victoria

  • Australian & Victorian Governments commit $4 million to fund Rutherglen Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route
  • Project to return town's congested main road to pedestrians and shoppers
  • Up to 3,000 vehicles, including 590 trucks, travel through town daily

The Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $4 million in a project to take trucks and heavy vehicles off local roads in central Rutherglen in Victoria's north east.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said redirecting heavy vehicles would improve safety after 13 crashes between January 2012 and December 2016.

“The project delivers on the Coalition's election commitment and will reduce traffic congestion, improve access to retail services, and maximise the benefits of tourism to the area while supporting freight productivity,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said increased traffic was putting strain on the town's main roads, affecting local residents and businesses.

“This project will reduce congestion and improve safety in Rutherglen cutting the number of trucks that travel through the town to other destinations,” Mr Donnellan said.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said that community would be able to have their say on the project.

“We'll be consulting with the local community, businesses, council and freight industry as we work to identify a preferred project route for this important project,” Ms Symes said.

Construction is expected to start in late 2018 and due for completion in late 2020.

The Australian and Victorian governments are jointly funding the $4 million project.

For information on other Victorian projects visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/.