2 July 2019
Vital environmental requirements for the second stage of the O’Herns Rd works have been approved after almost two years of negotiations.
The Federal Government has given the tick to management of the area’s biodiversity, including the impact on the endangered Golden Sun Moth and vulnerable Growling Grass Frog.
Stage two will duplicate O’Herns Rd between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and build three traffic light intersections, a new interchange at the Hume Freeway and extra lanes between O’Herns Rd and Cooper St.
Stage one of the O’Herns upgrade, which included improving the High St intersection and sections of O’Herns Rd, was completed earlier this year.
Major Road Projects Victoria will also connect walking and cycling paths.
Thomastown state Labor MP Bronwyn Halfpenny said she was “thrilled” at the development.
“This is a big win for local residents,” she said.
The O’Herns Rd upgrade was a key component of the Leader’s Access Denied campaign, which secured more than $640 million in funding for the upgrade and the Mernda rail extension.