VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week said that the $300 million Mordialloc Bypass will be built to the highest environmental standards, with confirmation that an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) will be required for the project.
Mordialloc Bypass is a proposed new 9-kilometre arterial road between the end of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road, Aspendale Gardens and the Dingley Bypass, Dingley.
VicRoads is currently progressing planning and investigations for the project, with a view to start construction by mid-2019. The EES will investigate potential environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts of the proposed nine-kilometre arterial road.
The design features an overpass over Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens, and a bridge over the Mordialloc Creek wetlands. The other intersections along the route will be upgraded to improve traffic flow and safety. There will also be new bike and pedestrian paths along the entire length of the bypass, connecting to the existing walking and cycling network.
The Minister for Planning will release draft scoping requirements for public comment in the coming weeks. These EES investigations will inform the final design of the project and will be assessed by an independent panel appointed by the Minister.
When complete, the new arterial road is expected to improve access to the Dandenong South Employment and Innovation Cluster and industrial areas in Braeside and Moorabbin. Road users will also have improved access to residential, recreation and other activity centres in the area.
The reduced traffic volumes on Springvale Road will also help to improve bus operations, which together with the provision of a shared pedestrian and cycling path along the Mordialloc Bypass, will help to provide a more balanced transport network solution for the area.