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Road closure cost shown

More than $3 million worth of road upgrades would be required if Greater Shepparton City Council approves the proposed closure of Andrew Fairley Ave.

RIAHN SMITH May 10, 2014 5:07am

And it would seek a contribution towards this cost from the Victorian Government.

The council yesterday released its final traffic report before a decision is made about the closure of the busy central Shepparton road next month.

The report showed about 8000 vehicles each weekday would need to be re-routed if the closure went ahead.

It also flagged high priority upgrades to the roundabout at the intersection of Hawdon St, New Dookie Rd, Balaclava Rd and Verney Rd, as well as a streamlining of the intersection of Fryers and Thompson Sts.

The council’s infrastructure director Steve Bowmaker said the report confirmed existing traffic congestion hot spots around SPC Ardmona’s Shepparton cannery. He said the road closure would exacerbate the poor performance of the roundabout during peak times and would introduce traffic congestion at the Fryers and Thompson Sts intersection.

‘‘It shows council, together with VicRoads should be planning to upgrade the (roundabout) intersection now, regardless of whether a decision is made on Andrew Fairley Ave,’’ Mr Bowmaker said.

‘‘Should the council make a decision to close Andrew Fairley Ave, those conditions would get worse, and hence we really need to prioritise those works.

‘‘Realigning Fryers St so effectively it becomes a straight-through link across the railway line instead of doing a little dog leg as it does now would have a significant impact.’’

Mr Bowmaker said the council was also looking to minimise heavy vehicle traffic around the Shepparton site.

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