State Government announces preferred location for Section 4C
The State Government has announced that the current Section 4C proposed alignment remains the preferred location.
The report shows that Section 4C will be more like other urban roads in Geelong, rather than the misleading label of Geelong Ring Road.
Traffic projections for Section 4C are of 15,000 vehicles per day in 2040, which would then see it more like Barrabool Road (23,000 vehicles per day) and Pioneer Road (23,000 vehicles per day).
The Independent Committee heard from local residents, Greater Geelong City and Surf Coast Shire councils, VicRoads, Department of Transport, Department of Planning and Community Development and the developers of Armstrong Creek.
Mr Guy sincerely thanked all the parties which played a role in informing the advice of the Independent Committee on the community, environmental, social and economic considerations related to this important arterial road alignment.
The Advisory Committee made a number of other recommendations calling for greater consideration of pedestrian and bicycle movements, noise attenuation, landscape treatment, and protection of native vegetation.
“I am advised VicRoads has already committed to integrating the recommendations into the project plan for Section 4C,” Mr Guy said.
The Advisory Committee also recommended investigations into two further significant arterial road projects in the area which will inform future roads policy in the area.
Transport Minister Terry Mulder said that now a decision has been made, VicRoads could get on with the job of delivering what will be an integral part the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area.
“We will be consulting with landowners and adjacent communities to ensure their expectations are incorporated into the final design before the process of land acquisition and construction commences,” Mr Mulder said.
The Advisory Committee received a total of 87 written submissions.