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18
Aug
2018

LIBERALS PLEDGE $290 MILLION FOR DUPLICATION OF BARWON HEADS ROAD

A Liberal Nationals Government will duplicate Barwon Heads Road from Settlement Road through to Lower Mt Duneed Road.

As part of this project, the level crossing at Marshall on the Barwon Heads Road will be grade separated with a road over rail solution.

This builds on the previous commitment to remove the traffic lights at Settlement and Barwon Heads Road as part of the Liberal Nationals’ plan to remove 55 of Melbourne and Geelong’s most dangerous and congested intersections.

“Whether I’m speaking to local residents or businesses they all tell me that traffic is getting worse and it’s impacting their daily lives and businesses” stated Andrew Katos MP.

The Liberal Nationals will invest $290 million for the duplication of Barwon Heads Road and the grade separation of the railway line.

It is envisaged that construction will start in the first term of a Liberal Nationals Government with construction to begin in 2020.

By duplicating Barwon Heads Road, this will also remove the Marshalltown Road / Barwon Heads Road notoriously dangerous black spot intersection as well as make the intersections at Reserve Rd/Barwon Heads Road and Boundary Road/Barwon Heads Road safer.

A Matthew Guy-led government will prepare for sustainable population growth in the City of Geelong, and investing in infrastructure will ensure that this happens responsibly.

Traffic congestion costs our economy around $5.54 billion a year and makes our arterial roads dangerous for all road users.

“The Armstrong Creek Growth Area is the largest in Geelong and will see 22,000 house lots and 65,000 people calling it home in the next 25 years, it is so important we plan for this growth” said Andrew Katos MP.

Removing these suburban congestion hotspots and duplicating roads will make our roads safer and keep traffic flowing which means less time spent sitting in gridlock and more time at home with family and friends.

It also means people like tradies, couriers and salespeople who use the roads to get between jobs will be able to do so more quickly. That’s good for business and good for jobs.

This project will create thousands of jobs in the construction phase and it will help accommodate Geelong’s burgeoning population growth.

“Together with this duplication, removal of level crossing, and fixing intersections at Marshalltown Road, Reserve Road and Boundary Road, we will not only make our drive safer – but also get traffic moving”.

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