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Published Tuesday 4 August 2020
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Diamond interchange funded

Mitchell Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of a new congestion-busting diamond interchange on the Hume Freeway, Wallan.

Details of the $50 million upgrade on the Hume Freeway were revealed today through the Urban Congestion Fund project.

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

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

"This is a significant announcement for the Wallan community and our shire. The completion of the diamond interchange on the Hume Freeway, Wallan, will unlock greater movement through our shire," he said.

"A project like this will improve traffic flow on the Hume – and Northern Highway - and improve freight connectivity on our national freeway.

"We thank the Federal Government, Minister for Populations, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge and the efforts of Damian Drum in securing this vital funding. It is a recognition of Victoria’s fastest-growing shire and the importance of connectivity for those living in Wallan.

"We’d also like to thank the Victorian Government for their assistance in the planning which allowed this project to be funded.

"This project will improve liveability for our residents to the south and reduce travel times and congestion for all who use the freeway. Less time travelling means more time commuters can spend with their families and loved ones.

"Our Council has been dogged in our approach to advocating for improved transport networks – they are key to a growing shire.

"We have been focused on ensuring the timely provision of required infrastructure and services in order to maintain the liveability of our communities. The improvement of amenity and liveability of towns such as Beveridge, Wallan and Kilmore as well as our other emerging communities is one of the key reasons people want to call Mitchell Shire home.

"It is a strong reflection of our partnership with the Federal Government. We made this interchange one of our priorities in our 2019 Federal Election campaign.

"This announcement is a real economic boost to the region and will assist greatly in our recovery efforts as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is fantastic news that will be welcomed across the shire."

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