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State government urged to fix Doherty’s Road

Wyndham City and the Wyndham Industrial Liaison Development (WILD) Committee are joining forces to launch a major campaign to lobby the State Government to urgently upgrade one of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested arterial roads.

The ‘Fix Dohertys Road’ campaign will lobby the State Government to duplicate this single-lane route through the rapidly expanding Laverton North industrial precinct from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade and seek improvements to the Hume Road and Cherry Lane intersections.

With the highest commercial freight density in Australia, the precinct includes an estimated 460 businesses employing more than 30,000 full and part-time employees.

Wyndham Mayor, Cr Heather Marcus, said an upgraded Dohertys Road is not only important to Wyndham’s future, but also the future of Melbourne’s West. “It’s extremely disappointing Dohertys Road has not been upgraded to facilitate the enormous growth in traffic volumes. Laverton North's capacity to accommodate growing 24-hour traffic demands is critical to both its immediate and long term future and investment in the required road infrastructure is crucial.”

Located close to the Port of Melbourne, the Western Ring Road, the Princes Freeway, Melbourne Airport and the Port of Geelong, the Laverton North industrial precinct is one of the most significant logistics and distribution centres in Australia. 

Wyndham Industrial Liaison Development Committee chairman Mick O’Donnell said the group has been lobbying to Fix Dohertys Road for 20 years. “Dohertys Road is a major arterial road for this area, but it’s an old road, designed and constructed more than 30 years ago when Laverton North was mostly empty paddocks,” he said.

“The intersections with Hume Road and Cherry Lane are both very dangerous. The long delay for vehicles using these intersections makes drivers impatient, which, in many cases has, ended up in serious accidents, and over time, deaths. 

“In the longer term, the productive potential of the Laverton North Industrial area will be compromised by a lack of road capacity. The Government must acknowledge the severe road safety issues here, and if funding of full duplication is not possible now, to immediately allocate this smaller funding level to have these intersection upgrades initiated as a matter of urgency.”

The Fix Dohertys Road campaign launch will be held at the corner of Dohertys and Hume roads, Laverton North on Wednesday 27th February at 8am. 

 

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