Design for $50M Hume Freeway Interchange revealed

An Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for the $375 million Mordialloc Freeway has found the project will deliver benefits for motorists, walkers, cyclists and the environment.A diverging diamond interchange will be built on the Hume Freeway, in Victoria, at the intersection of Watson Street.

This comes after a commitment from the Federal Government to fund the project from the Urban Congestion Fund.

Mitchell Shire Council has long advocated for this project to improve safety and congestion for locals.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Hume upgrade would make a real difference for motorists north of Melbourne.

“Motorists across Wallan will have a shorter, direct route between the Hume Freeway and the entire area,” Tudge said.

“It means direct access to new precincts including planned community health centres and upgraded ambulance services. It will also significantly improve safety for locals getting onto the freeway.”

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the congestion-busting benefits would be experienced by motorists beyond the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

“Residents should expect to see a reduction in traffic congestion around the Hume Freeway for northbound vehicles exiting the freeway in peak travel times,” Drum said.

“This investment is an example of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring local residents will be able to get home sooner and safer on Melbourne’s road network, while delivering infrastructure that is needed to meet future population and economic growth needs in Melbourne’s north.”

Drum also paid tribute to the Mitchell Shire Council for its strong advocacy of the project.

New south-orientated ramps will be built from Watson Street onto the Hume Freeway, allowing direct freeway access and reducing traffic through the Wallan town centre from commuters travelling towards Melbourne.

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