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Federal funding for Coldstream highway improvements

Published on 08 February 2019

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Council welcomes the announcement of significant Federal Government funding to duplicate and upgrade sections of the Maroondah Highway in Coldstream.

Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith MP, recently announced $20 million in funding to VicRoads for upgrade works on the highway.

VicRoads will now assess the feasibility of upgrade works, such as potential for duplicating the highway from Ingram Road to Melba Highway and installing traffic lights at the intersections of Killara Road, Station Street and the Highway, along with the North Gateway intersection.

Ryrie Ward Councillor, Fiona McAllister, welcomed the funding announcement and said the project would make travelling through the Yarra Valley easier for residents and visitors.

“Anyone who’s navigated the intersection at Killara Road and Station Street understands how critical this upgrade is,” Cr McAllister said.

“Coldstream residents, better than most, will also know there’s a significant banking up of traffic over long weekends. This is even more of a concern for the CFA brigade.

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Coldstream community members with Yarra Ranges Mayor, Tony Stevenson, Ryrie Ward Councillor Fiona McAllister, Walling Ward Councillor Len Cox, Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP and State Member for Evelyn Bridget Vallence.

“The fact is, the highway was built about a century ago and the amount of traffic through the area has increased significantly since then.

“Council, the Coldstream community, businesses and the CFA have advocated for years, including through the Council Structure Plan, for improvements here and we’re so pleased about this announcement.

“This funding and this project will help to make life easier, whether you live in Coldstream and you’re heading across town or you’re visiting the Yarra Valley over a weekend.”

VicRoads will run the project, which has been funded by the Federal Government’s Urban Congestion Fund.

This will involve undertaking community engagement, feasibility and detailed design to determine the final extent of the works in the area.

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