A misconception that selection of the grey route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge will force more trucks down Belmore Street is driving community unease, according to Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy.RACHEAL WILLETT February 11, 2014 3:36pm
Mr McCurdy, who reiterated he was not in favour of any particular route and could see merit in both the favoured green and grey options, said he was receiving regular telephone calls from worried Yarrawonga residents.
“People are calling my office and saying that they don’t want the grey route because they don’t want all the trucks heading down Belmore Street,” Mr McCurdy said.
“The thing is, the grey route allows for those heavy vehicles to divert from Belmore Street, around Irvine Parade, to head toward the highway via Burley Road or through railway land.
“On the other hand, people are also not considering that should the green route be selected the traffic from the bridge has to find a way to get back to Belmore Street.
“That in turn means congestion along connecting residential streets such as Irvine Parade, Piper Street and McNally Street – which may not be ideal in the view of some people.
“In both situations the flow of traffic has to be carefully considered and understood before a properly informed decision can be made.”
Mr McCurdy met with VicRoads North Eastern Regional Director Bryan Sherritt recently to discuss the bridge route options.
“VicRoads have said they don’t want to put a bridge where no-one wants it,” Mr McCurdy said.
“They are going to meet with Moira Shire Council later this month and following that meet with community interest groups to ensure all the information regarding traffic flow is clear.
“I’m just saying it is important that a decision is made but I think everyone needs to draw breath and slow down for a moment so all the information can be considered and everyone is informed.
“If everyone can agree then great – we make a decision in a couple of months – if not and there is still angst then I think it is worth waiting a bit longer.”
The new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge, which is estimated to cost around $90 million, is set to be funded by the NSW, Victorian and Federal governments.
“The Victorian side and all the lead up to the bridge will be funded through VicRoads and the same will happen on the NSW side the RMS with the actual bridge crossing itself to be funded by the Federal Government,” Mr McCurdy said.
“There is no opportunity for the Federal funding available until 2019 to 2024 because all projects up to that point have already been decided.
“That means we have time to get it right.
“I’m not saying go into hibernation and forget about it for a few years, because once we have a chosen route we can set the planning wheels in motion, I’m just saying there isn’t some sense of urgency to rush into a choice.”
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