Mitchell Shire Council hopes the announcement of a new roundabout at Wandong Road will lead to the construction of a Kilmore Bypass.
The $12-million roundabout at the south end of Kilmore lays the foundation for the future bypass, which has been high on council’s list of priorities for several years.
The new roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety for residents, commuters and those passing through the troublesome intersection.
The roundabout is set to serve as an entry point to the southern end of the Kilmore Bypass route and will include provisions for freight movements.
While the roundabout is a crucial project, council will continue to advocate for large-scale projects like the Kilmore Bypass, which would ease pressure on the road network, which is only getting busier due to population growth.
Council believes a bypass would reinvigorate Kilmore and provide the opportunity to improve the streetscape of the town centre.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the Kilmore Bypass had been discussed for many years and the community had been loud and clear that it must be progressed.
“The bypass will play an important role in enhancing Kilmore’s traffic flow, improving liveability and strengthening the economic prosperity of the town,” she said.
“Taking the trucks out of Kilmore’s main street will also improve the atmosphere in the heart of Kilmore.
“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for this fantastic investment into our community and the roads network.
“The Kilmore roundabout project will significantly improve safety for all users of the Northern Highway in our shire.”