The upgrade and expansion of the Chandler Highway and bridge is a State Government project, which is being managed by VicRoads.
In January 2016, the State Government announced the chosen road alignment and design. This includes widening the Chandler Highway to six lanes and building a new bridge to the west of the existing bridge.
The Government has committed funding of $110 million to the project.
Council does not support a six lane expansion of the highway and bridge on the grounds that it would have an unacceptable impact on local residents and the environment, among other factors. Council has advocated to the Government on behalf of the community, and wrote to the Minister for Roads on 26 November 2015 to express its concerns.
Here is a copy of the letter that Council received from VicRoads dated 24 February 2016.
At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 8 March 2016, Council resolved that:
“Council restates its opposition to a six additional lane expansion of the Chandler Hwy and Bridge as contrary to good integrated transport planning, having a negative impact on the Yarra River environs and on adjacent residents; and Council again requests the release of the business case for this project in the interests of transparency.”
For more information about Council’s position on the Chandler Highway upgrade project, please see the below statements released by Council during 2015-2016:
- Yarra Council not pursuing dispute resolution on Chandler Highway - 25 February 2016
- Yarra Council questions Chandler Highway decision - 05 February 2016
- Yarra Council calls for meeting with Roads Minister following Chandler Highway announcement - 27 January 2016
- Council to continue advocating for Alphington residents on Chandler Highway upgrade - 15 January 2016
- Council backs residents on proposed Chandler Highway duplication - 26 November 2015
For updates on the Chandler Highway upgrade project, please visit the VicRoads website or call them on 13 11 71 or call us on 9205 5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org