Kilmany underpass preferred

VICROADS has received overwhelming support for an underpass at Kilmany.

This follows community feedback after concept designs for the proposed Princes Highway duplication at Kilmany were released.

The road is proposed to run under the existing railway line, which is different to the current road layout where the existing road is an overpass of the railway line.

VicRoads project director Raymond Paterson said there were many advantages to building an underpass, such as improving the grade of the highway and improving the visual amenity.

“Pre-construction activities have commenced in the Kilmany and Flynn sections of the Princes Highway duplication utilising the $3 million committed in the 2016-17 Victorian budget,” he said.

“These activities include progressing designs and stakeholder approvals, land acquisitions and service relocations.”

The section of highway at Kilmany is about 8.1 kilometres and is east of the Maffra-Rosedale Rd at Nambrok and west of the Sale-Cowwarr Rd at Fulham.

The Flynn section is about 4km, east of Sheepwash Creek Rd and west of Flynn’s Creek Rd.

The construction of these two final sections is subject to future funding for construction, which would result in the 43km of the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale completed.

Construction will include duplication of the highway to two lanes in each direction, a centre median strip to separate opposing traffic, rehabilitation and strengthening of the existing highway, intersection upgrades, construction of a road underpass and new rail crossing, a new service road and access and the installation of flexible safety barriers.

Residents were also asked for name suggestions for the Kilmany underpass.

These have been forwarded to the Wellington Shire Council place names committee for consideration.

VicRoads said it would keep residents informed regarding the progress of the project.