The primary objective of a Kilmore-Wallan bypass is to relieve traffic congestion and the number of heavy vehicles driving through the main streets of Kilmore and Wallan.
Project update – February 2017
In April 2016, the Victorian Government initiated an Independent Review into the impact of the proposed changes to the existing interchange (Hume Freeway at Wandong) on the Wandong-Heathcote Junction community.
The Independent Review sought the views of the local community about the design and consultation for the project as part of the overall planning for the Western Option.
A copy of the Independent Report can be viewed here.
Construction of a new roundabout to improve the safety of the Northern Highway and Broadford-Kilmore Road intersection has recently been completed.
The new roundabout is compatible with a future bypass.
We are currently undertaking planning activities for the Western Option, including working with the water authority to ensure any impacts on the Kilmore Wastewater Management Facility are kept to a minimum.
Kilmore is close to the metropolitan fringe and experiencing rapid growth with its population forecast to reach approximately 11,700 by 2031, up from around 7,000 in 2011. Wallan is now within Melbourne’s urban growth boundary and its population is forecast to grow from the 2011 figure of around 7,900 to approximately 29,000 by 2031.
Kilmore’s road network wasn't designed to cope with such growth. The result is that Sydney Street in Kilmore is experiencing heavy traffic levels, with bigger trucks being a particular problem.
In 2013 specialist studies into potential routes for the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass were undertaken to identify an option that would hold the most promise for a Kilmore-Wallan Bypass that provided residents, commuters and industry with improved connectivity and access to the local road network.
During 2014 an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process was undertaken to help inform the decision making process for a bypass.
The EES involved bringing together previous investigations that cover the physical, environmental, heritage, cultural, social and economic impacts of a bypass into a comprehensive report.
The EES also included community submissions on the investigations.
As a result of this extensive process, the Victorian Government announced 11 March, 2015 that the Western option is the confirmed route for a future Kilmore – Wallan Bypass.
Planning approval information
See more information about the planning and approval of the Kilmore - Wallan Bypass.
A computer generated fly through of the Western Option can be viewed below.
Kilmore-Wallan ByPass - Western Option HD
VicRoads will seek the appropriate statutory approvals to complete planning and design works for the Western option.
For further information about this project, please get in touch.
Email: [email protected]
Call: (03) 5434 5156
Write: VicRoads - Northern Region, 53-61 Lansell St, East Bendigo Victoria 3550