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Monday, January 18, 2016

Roads and bridges boost 

A MAJOR new traffic interchange that will replace the Sand Road intersection on the Princes Freeway East came a step closer today.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said a traffic switch will allow a new bridge to be built over the freeway, giving motorists much safer and more efficient access to nearby townships and service centres.

“Traffic has now been switched onto a temporary route which will allow work to start on the bridge over the freeway. From next week, there will be changes to how the intersection operates, and we need road users to be extra cautious, lower their speeds and follow the directions of signs and traffic controllers,” Mr Broadbent said.

The project is being funded with $22.5 million from the Australian Government and $8.7 million from the Victorian Government.

McMillan has also secured more than $1 millon in funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure. 

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2016
Jan
18
Roads and bridges boost
“ Monday, January 18, 2016 A MAJOR new traffic interchange that will replace the Sand Road intersection ...”
2015
Nov
06
Grants for McMillan volunteers
“ Friday, November 6, 2015 Community organisations in the McMillan electorate are encouraged to apply for a ...”
Oct
13
Road project begins
“ Tuesday, October 13, 2015  Constuction is ready to start on the $31.2 million full freeway interchange ...”
Sep
09
More NBN connections for McMillan
“ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said almost 1800 additional premises in and ...”
08
Men's Shed funding guarantee
“ Tuesday, September 8, 2015  Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent today said the local Men’s Shed would ...”
Aug
20
Sand Road contractor named
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11
Green Army recruiting
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03
$3.896M for McMillan road blackspots
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Jul
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Illicit Drugs
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26
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The Drouin Australia Day Breakfast was fantastic, as usual.

At Cardinia Shire Council's 2016 Australia Day Awards (Pakenham) many great local people were honoured for their selfless contributions.

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It was wonderful today to see first hand the great work being done at the Sand Road/Princes Hwy East intersection in Longwarry.

In the latest development, a traffic switch is set to facilitate work on the construction of a bridge over the freeway.

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