A COLAC man is questioning VicRoads’ decision to divert traffic down small residential streets during an upgrade of the Colac East railway bridge.
Graham Howard lives on Flaxmill Road which is one of the residential streets VicRoads has selected to detour traffic down for eight weeks during the upgrade of the bridge over the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line in Colac East.
VicRoads chose to detour traffic along Flaxmill Road and Clark Street in Colac, but Mr Howard is concerned with the road’s ability to deal with increased traffic and heavy-haulage trucks travelling along it.
“They’re going to widen the street and alter the street up here which is going to make a lot more noise for ourselves, with trucks and everything else,” Mr Howard said.
“When they divert the traffic off the Princes Highway, which they’re talking about dong over at Marriner Street, all the traffic’s going to come down Flaxmill Road there while they do that bridge,” he said.
“It’s not going to be good for any of us that live along here and that road’s not built for a lot of traffic.”
VicRoads project director Tim Price said workers would complete improvements of roads along the detour route before starting work on the bridge.
“Works will be undertaken along Flaxmill Road, Marriner Street and Clark Street prior to the detour commencing, to facilitate increased traffic volumes,” Mr Price said.
“Works will include road repairs, realigning the Marriner Street intersection and widening bends in the road,” he said.
Mr Price said 80 people attended a community consultation session at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre in November last year to give community members an opportunity review the proposed plans and provide feedback about the detour options.
“As a result of feedback received during the session, and further consultation with local industry, VicRoads selected the detour which uses Flaxmill Road and Clark Street in Colac.
“The chosen detour route has been endorsed by the Colac Otway Shire.”
Mr Howard said he had also contacted all the Colac Otway Shire councillors asking for support and calling for a community meeting to discuss issues with the Princes Highway duplication and the temporary detour, but was yet to hear back.
Mr Price said VicRoads was working closely with residents and business owners affected by the detour and would continue to work with them as the project progressed.