THE Baillieu government is tomorrow expected to commit a further $35.5 million towards Ballarat’s proposed Western Link Road.
With the 2011-12 state budget to be announced tomorrow,
The pending commitment is in addition to $2.5 million provided in the government’s first budget last year.
The Western Link Road will connect the Western Freeway with the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Road in Alfredton West and is viewed as a vital component for Ballarat City Council’s Ballarat West Growth Zone.
It is understood intersections will cater for truck movements and provide links with internal access roads to the Ballarat West employment zone, with signals at the intersections of the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Road and Dyson Drive.
It is also understood, as a part of the works, a railway overpass will be constructed to ease growing congestion and improvements to pedestrian access to enhance safety. The Courier also understands works will include new and safer pedestrian paths and a wildlife crossing for Winter Swamp.
City of Ballarat Councillor Judy Verlin said council welcomed the
proposed commitment with open arms.
She said works needed to start as soon as possible.
“The development of the growth zone hinges on this major piece of road,” Cr Verlin said.
“It will unlock the full potential of this area of land. It’s critical we move with this quickly.”
Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the 4.1-kilometre piece of road would secure the future of industry and jobs in Ballarat.
“We are working to improve Victoria’s road infrastructure which is important for Ballarat, as one of our fastest growing regional cities,” said Mr Mulder.
“The Ballarat West Link Road is a responsible and necessary project that the Ballarat City Council hopes will attract new industry and employers to this important regional city.”
The full state budget will be announced about 3pm tomorrow.