VicRoads declines taking on Myrtlebank Rd management

VicRoads has no intention of taking over management of Myrtlebank Rd.
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VICROADS has no plans to take over the management of Myrtlebank Rd despite its use by heavy vehicles as a by-pass for Sale.

With traffic increasing along the road between Maffra-Sale Rd and the Princes Highway, VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence said the authority and Wellington Shire Council would work together on future planning for roads north of Sale.

“There are currently no plans for VicRoads to take over the management of Wellington Shire roads along this route, or to designate it or signpost it as an official truck route or bypass,” he said.

Friday’s Gippsland Times reported calls from Wellington Shire councillors for VicRoads take over responsibility for Myrtlebank Rd, which has for some time been treated as an unofficial Sale bypass.

With increased use of the road leading to a deterioration, council last week awarded a contract to upgrade a section of the road.

In 2008, Wellington Shire Council carried out a feasibility study, with the support of VicRoads, for an alternate truck route around Sale.

The route included Fulham-Myrtlebank and Myrtlebank Rds, which are both managed by council, as well as Maffra-Sale Rd, which is managed by VicRoads.

“So far, the intersections at the eastern and western ends of this route have undergone major safety upgrades worth more than $2.7 million,” Mr Lawrence said.

“$2.23 million has been spent upgrading the Princes Highway-Myrtlebank Rd intersection and a further $490,000 has been spent on the Princes Highway-Sale-Heyfield Rd intersection.

“VicRoads and council will continue to monitor intersections along this route and work together on future planning at these locations.”

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