20 March 2018
Council wants State and Federal governments to kick in $70 million to fund the Epping Rd project
A $70 MILLION dream solution to ease the pain of northern suburbs motorists is almost a reality with the duplication of Epping Rd set to go ahead.
Whittlesea Council is already moving to ensure land is available for the duplication after councillors approved the rezoning of 150 Epping Rd at the last council meeting.
A VicRoads submission did not object to the rezoning of the site and “understands (the rezoning) will facilitate the process to set aside land for the eventual duplication of Epping Rd”. Roads Minister Luke Donnellan would not say when or if the duplication would take place.
In the meantime, Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis said the council was campaigning for State and Federal Government funding of $70 million to duplicate the road.
The funding will also include installing traffic lights at the intersection of O’Herns and Findon roads.
“Many of our residents face long and frustrating commutes, impacting wellbeing and taking away precious time to spend with family,” Cr Pavlidis said.
Emma Gallagher, spokeswoman for state Shadow Roads Minister David Hodgett, did not indicate whether the Opposition would fund the duplication but said there were “congestion issues throughout Melbourne’s outer north”.
“We’ll obviously take a close look at these sorts of projects as we continue to develop our policies in the lead up to the election,” Ms Gallagher said.
Aurora Community Association spokesman Tony Francis welcomed the news and said Epping Rd “should have been duplicated years ago”.
“It’s basically an old country road having to cope with busy urban traffic,” he said.