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WESTERN HIGHWAY REALIGNMENT
WESTERN HIGHWAY -- ANTHONY'S
The community's long-time wish is fast becoming a reality
with work progressing smoothly with the Western Highway
-- Anthony's Cutting Realignment Project that will see the
dangerous Anthony's Cutting no longer carr ying such a
huge load of traffic.
The project will upgrade the 5km stretch of highway known
as Anthonys Cutting, from Harkness Road, Melton West to
Bacchus Marsh Road, Bacchus Marsh.
The new highway alignment will avoid the steep hills and
tight cur ves and improve road safety, freight efficiency and
reduce travel times for all road users. Once completed
drivers will be able to travel this new section at 110km/h
and greatly improve safety.
It will also greatly reduce the level of heavy traffic passing
through Bacchus Marsh and the Avenue of Honour.
The project is of national significance and funding for the
project has been provided by both the Austr alian
Government and the Victorian Government, as par t of the
Australian Government Nation Building Program and
Victorian Transpor t Plan.
The new road alignment will include:
• Full freeway conditions with two lanes each way for
approximately 5km from Harkness Road Melton West
to Bacchus Mar sh Road, Bacchus Marsh
• Bridges taking the freeway over Djerriwarrah Creek,
Cowans Road and Pyrities Creek
• An overpass to carr y Bulmans Road over the freeway
• Melbourne bound access ramps at Hopetoun Park Road
• Extension of Woolpack Road from Bacchus Mar sh
Road to the freeway including a full interchange at the
Progress to date
The works to realign Anthony's Cutting are well underway with
major construction on the main alignment commencing in
February. Early establishment works have already commenced.
These have included the preparation and set up of the main
site office at Brooklyn Road, Melton West and the set up of a
plant yard in the old quarry site on Hopetoun Park Road,
Community consultation has also played an important role in
the progress of the project to date.The project has established
a website www.whrp.com.au, this will provide information
about the project including photos, frequently asked questions
A Community Information Centre was opened in Main Street,
Bacchus Marsh on 22 January 2010. The Community
Information Centre will be open on Tuesday and Thursday
from 10am -- 3pm and every third Saturday from 10am -- 3pm
providing residents with information about the project.
The first meeting of the Community Reference Group (CRG)
was held on 28 January 2010. The CRG is a forum for
information sharing and one avenue for community
involvement and engagement.
Other regular features include a project bimonthly
e-Newsletter and a quar terly hard copy community newsletter
sent to all residents.
For more information about the project visit www.whrp.com.au
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