Road must be ready to go with flow

06/05/2018 Posted by admin

EVANDALE Main Road is destined for a dual carriageway. The question is: will the State Government be ready to construct one when the road can no longer cope with the heavy traffic flow? A traffic count six years ago showed that 6660 vehicles used Evandale Main Road daily. The Northern Midlands Council found that had increased to almost 8500 by late last month – on the section between Breadalbane and the Translink precinct – with arguably another 1200 travelling to and from Translink from the Evandale side. The State Government is about to spend $1.4 million upgrading Evandale Main Road. Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges refused to fund a dual carriageway, arguing that daily vehicle movements did not exceed 15,000 and that would be unlikely for 25 years. There is no way we’ll be waiting that long. Statewide Independent Wholesalers is building a $106 million facility that will see more vehicles on the road. There are another eight or nine businesses expected to be developed nearby. Launceston Airport is projecting massive growth in passengers, which results in more traffic. This means we must start preparing for a dual carriageway – which could cost at least another $6 million. There is no doubt the work to strengthen and reseal Evandale Main Road in the next financial year is desperately needed and cannot be delayed. But what provisions have been made for expansion? The community needs a clear outline of what the planned roadworks include and an assurance that money won’t be wasted on a stop-gap measure. Infrastructure Department secretary Norm McIlfatrick has told The Examiner the road will not need to be ripped up for a dual carriageway. And his officers will work with the Northern Midlands Council to ensure that development is not permitted on the road corridor that could prevent expansion. We would also urge that work begin on acquiring land and sorting out easements – which could take years to achieve – to prevent any delays when the road reaches capacity. – FIONA REYNOLDS, editor
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