Kapooka Bridge on the Olympic Highway

13 December 2011

A preferred option to realign the Olympic Highway and replace Kapooka Bridge has been selected by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

"RMS will now continue planning and investigations on the option to build a new bridge north of the existing bridge and to realign the Olympic Highway to the east," an RMS spokesperson said.

“This is a major milestone for this project as it now allows RMS to move on to the next stages which are environmental assessment, detailed design and property acquisition.

“As part of the planning work, RMS held a value management workshop with the community and government agencies to evaluate four options.

“The preferred option will best achieve the goals of improving road and rail safety and traffic flow, improving access for pedestrians and cyclists and achieving environmental outcomes.

“RMS will now carry out further survey, geotechnical and environmental investigation to refine the design.”

The spokesperson said an environmental assessment will be placed on public display for comment in 2012, after which RMS will use the feedback to finalise the design. 

“This proposed upgrade will improve the route for higher productivity vehicles, reduce travel times and improve road safety,” the spokesperson said.

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