The building of a long awaited traffic bridge in Knox, Victoria, has taken a step forward with the completion of a traffic study set to inform the delivery of the $4.57 million Henderson Road Bridge.
Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge said the bridge which was an election commitment, would improve the connection between Rowville and Knoxfield for freight operators and motorists alike.
“The traffic study provides four key recommendations to help in the planning and delivery of the bridge, which will ultimately help reduce traffic congestion, travel times and business operating costs for local motorists,” Mr Tudge said.
“The recommendations confirm Henderson Road as the preferred traffic route for the bridge and associated works, while also recommending signalisation of the Kelletts Road intersection and upgrading the Ferntree Gully Road intersection. This is a watershed moment in planning for a major infrastructure priority in Knox.”
Knox City Council Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, said Henderson Road Bridge had been a Council priority for a number of years because of the lack of north-south routes through the area.
“The traffic study will help Council understand what impacts the bridge construction may have on the surrounding road network and will help us plan possible remediation works, if needed, to protect the interests of local residents,” the Mayor said.
“The next stage of the project is the concept and detailed design for the bridge structure—this stage of the project is expected to be completed by June 2018.”
Construction on the project is expected to start in late 2018 and be completed by mid-2019. The Henderson Road Bridge project was an election commitment of Alan Tudge MP and will be funded by the Australian Government, with Knox Council having provided $75,000 toward preliminary studies. More information is also available at: knox.vic.gov.au/hendersonbridge.
For Mr Tudge: Xenia Bosancic 03 9887 3890
For Cr Mortimore: Karl Liebich 03 9298 8024