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Rutherglen alternative route sessions

By Corowa Free Press

Regional Roads Victoria will hold drop in sessions in Rutherglen next week to update the community on the Rutherglen Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route planning study.

The $4 million study, which was funded last year, is aimed at relieving traffic congestion and improving safety through the township’s main street.The study has been delayed to allow for more community consultation.

North East Regional Director Nicki Kyriakou said Regional Roads Victoria would continue to work towards a solution to encourage heavy vehicles to avoid Main Street, Rutherglen. 

“As a part of this process, we’re completing a number of studies and assessments to ensure this project delivers the best possible result for the community,” Ms Kyriakou said. 

“We now have data about heavy vehicle movements through the town, collected in an Origin and Destination Study to help us understand where the traffic is going and at what times of day. 

“We will also have a survey available for community members to provide feedback about the potential for an alternative route which will be developed using the existing road network, rather than through the creation of a bypass.” 

The survey will also seek information about community members’ own use of Main Street, Rutherglen. 

The study has joint State and Federal Funding, with Regional Roads Victoria planning to finalise the alternative route design and begin work in mid 2019. 

The drop in sessions will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, September 18 and 20 at the Rutherglen Senior Citizens Hall, with planning study details available. 

For those unable to attend questions and feedback can be sent to [email protected] 

An online survey will be available on the Regional Roads Victoria Rutherglen Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route Planning Study website page from September 17 to October 15. The link to the survey will be shared with the community from September 17.