THE community is being asked for feedback on the design of stage two of the Yan Yean Road upgrade.
The project’s environment effects statement has been made available to the public through an exhibition that started on Wednesday and is open until October 9.
The statement examined the potential environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of the upgrade and how they will be managed during construction and beyond.
Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said it was a further opportunity for the community to have input into design for the project and encouraged submissions to Planning Panels Victoria on the road upgrade.
Through submissions, community members can allow their views to be considered as part of planning approval decisions for the project.
The Yan Yean community has already played a key role in the design process, with the design for the Bridge Inn Road intersection selected following extensive community consultation and technical investigations.
The proposed intersection will reconstruct the current intersection to the north-east of its current position in order to retain two Doreen river red gum trees, in line with community wishes.
The design will also retain the old Doreen Post Office building and provide a new service lane for commercial property access.
The upgrade, which stretches from Kurrak Road in Yarrambat to Bridge Inn Road in Doreen, aims to improve safety and traffic flow and complete the Yan Yean Road corridor with two lanes in each direction between Plenty and Doreen.
Ms Green said the upgrade would provide a safer and faster journey for 24,000 drivers daily.
“The community made it clear they wanted to save the two heritage-listed river red gums at Doreen’s gateway,” she said.
“So, we’re thrilled that this design delivers the result locals hoped for, and the much-loved Doreen General Store will be saved too.”
The environment effects statement can be viewed online and a free information pack can be sent out on request. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on October 9.
For more information on how to make a submission or to view the environment effects statement, visit www.roadprojects.vic.gov.au/yyr-ees or call 1800 105 105.