Kim Wells, State Member for Rowville and Nick Wakeling, State Member for Ferntree Gully, have today welcomed the opening of the dual carriageway of the $16.2 million High Street Road Duplication Project in Wantirna South.
“It is great to finally see the opening of the new outbound lane of the dual carriageway of High Street Road between Stud Road and Burwood Highway. The lane opening is a significant step towards the project’s final completion. For local Knox residents who use this road everyday, the duplication will improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians, as well as reducing congestion.
“The opening of the dual carriageway is a significant milestone in a long overdue project first announced by the former Kennett Coalition Government back in 1999 but disappointingly, axed by the Bracks Labor Government.
“It took a Coalition government to finally fund this vital local project for Knox”, Mr Wells said.
The High Street Road Duplication Project between Stud Road and Burwood Highway was originally an election commitment of Kim Wells made to the Knox community, as announced during the 1999 state election campaign by then Roads Minister, Geoff Craige.
The High Street Road Duplication Project was again recommitted to by the Liberal Coalition at the 2010 state election and funded by the incoming Coalition government.
“It is very pleasing to see progress on this long awaited major roads project first promised to the Knox community back in 1999 by the Coalition government, then shelved by Labor and finally funded again and construction commenced, by the Coalition.
“It is a fitting tribute to the hard work of the local Knox community who continued to strongly advocate for this important final piece of the High Street Road duplication puzzle”, Mr Wakeling.
The Stud Road to Burwood Highway section of High Street Road in Wantirna South is the final east-west major arterial road to be fully duplicated through the City of Knox.
Final works of the High Street Road Duplication Project still to be completed are, intersection and pedestrian lights works at Wolf Street/Wallace Road, Tyner Road and Burwood Highway, which are expected be completed in 2016.