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These roads need help

A new study shows which roads in the Hume region need urgent improvement.

CHALPAT SONTI May 7, 2014 3:56am

After months of little or no activity, High St was abuzz last week as contractor Nick Neda Site Cleaning started asphalting the road. A public meeting about the problem-plagued road work project will be held at the other end of High St, in the Seymour Customer Service Centre, on August 10.Seymour Telegraph on 3/08/2011 CAPTION: After months of little or no activity, High St was abuzz last week as contractor Nick Neda Site Cleaning started asphalting the road. A public meeting about the problem-plagued road work project will be held at the other end of High St, in the Seymour Customer Service Centre, on August 10.


Four roads in our region have been selected for priority improvements due to heavy use by freight vehicles.

The roads are:

The Seymour over-dimensional truck route between Emily St and Oak St;

Highlands Rd, from Delatite Rd to the Murrindindi Shire boundary;

The Avenel rail crossing roundabout; and

Nagambie-Locksley Rd.

The recommendations are contained in a freight planning study for the Hume region.

The purpose of the list is to help when advocating for state and federal funding for the roads, although the study also quotes Infrastructure Australia advising greater industry involvement in funding key roads.

Another use of the study is so councils can try to limit the use of local roads by heavy vehicles, moving them on to state-managed routes.

There is also a secondary list of further roads that should be upgraded to improve productivity and safety. These include:

Pyalong-Seymour Rd;

Broadford-Glenaroua Rd;

Hume and Hovell Rd;

Hume Fwy interchange at Avenel;

King Parrot Creek Rd; and

Yea bridge upgrade on Ghin Ghin Rd.

The study also notes that the Seymour over-dimensional truck route should be ‘‘declared’’ by VicRoads and it required upgrading with a substandard roundabout at Wimble/Oak Sts and some substandard road.

It also points to Mangalore Airport being ‘‘an ideal site for Biosecurity Australia quarantine’’ and an ‘‘excellent freight hub’’.

However, the Strathbogie Shire Council ‘‘to date ... has not had resources’’ to work further on the project, which is complicated because it is on privately-owned land.

Mitchell Shire councillors at a council meeting last week were happy with the study, which has been endorsed by the council.

‘‘Mitchell has done very well out of this,’’ Cr Bill Chisholm said.

‘‘We’ve achieved three roads on the upgrades list (the third being Darraweit Rd between Wallan and Romsey) ... that means these roads will be targeted for improvements.

‘‘This process highlights the need for pre-planning and the knowledge of where traffic is driving, especially heavy vehicles.’’

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