New traffic modelling for each of the alignment options for a Kilmore-Wallan Bypass is underway and will soon be completed, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
"Members of the Kilmore and Wallan communities have expressed concern that the data used in previous modelling and projections was several years old, which VicRoads has acknowledged and addressed by carrying out new counts," Mr Mulder said.
"These counts, and the subsequent modelling, take into account increased development in Melbourne's outer north and the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary."
Mr Mulder said the traffic modelling would provide a clear indication of the impact each bypass option would have on traffic volumes.
"The primary objective of a Kilmore-Wallan bypass is and has always been to relieve congestion and heavy vehicle movements throughout the main streets of Kilmore and Wallan," Mr Mulder said.
"The bypass should also provide residents, commuters and industry with improved access to the road network.
"This traffic modelling, once complete, will assist in identifying which bypass alignments would significantly reduce the amount of truck and through traffic in both towns.
"This in turn, together with the findings from a range of investigatory studies, will be considered when determining the Kilmore-Wallan bypass route," Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said a northern route suggested by the Kilmore Wallan Bypass Group, which is independent of the five options being formally investigated, is also being put through the traffic modelling process.
"Given the level of interest in this project and recent discussions regarding a 'northern' route, we have agreed to conduct traffic modelling for that alignment," Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said that letters had recently been sent to landholders affected by the eastern and western options.
"Landholders received a letter inviting them to meet with VicRoads to preview the concept designs and discuss the potential implications of the bypass options, in relation to their property.
"Once VicRoads has met and consulted with affected landowners, concept designs for the bypass will be placed on display for the wider community to view," Mr Mulder said.