|Funding Programme:||Investment Road and Rail Programme
|Expected Start/Finish:||Late 2014 - Mid 2017
|Estimated Project Cost:||$4,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$3,000,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Ararat Rural City Council,Pyrenees Shire Council
|Corridor:||Melbourne - Adelaide
The project will complete planning for the proposed bypasses at Beaufort and Ararat. The project will identify the preferred alignments, undertake public consultation and amend the relevent planning schemes to allow the bypasses to be constructed in the future.
The Western Highway is an important transport route that connects Melbourne and Adelaide. However the safety and efficiency of the highway is affected due to increased traffic and the need for motorists to travel through townships such as Beaufort and Ararat. Currently motorists travelling through Beaufort and Ararat are required to reduce their speed from 110 km/h to 50 km/h and stop at traffic lights and roundabouts. As a result, travel times and vehicle operating costs have increased while local amenity and safety has been affected.
To address these issues, planning studies are required to identify the preferred alignments and amend the relevant planning schemes to allow the bypasses to be constructed in the future. This will also provide greater certainty around land use and the future development of Beaufort and Ararat.
The estimated cost of the project is $4 million. The Australian Government is contributing $3 million and the Victorian Government $1 million.
The project commenced on 16 September 2014 and is expected to be completed in mid 2017.
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Project details last updated: 1/05/2017