New road for Melton residents

Crs Bob Turner, Sophie Ramsey, Goran Kesic and Julie Shannon with Sockland's' Ed Krushka at the sod turn for the new road. (Supplied)

By Olivia Condous

Wyndham and Melton residents will benefit from a new road, called Grand Boulevard, expected to be completed mid-next year.

Stockland property group committed $10 million in funding for the single carriageway road, to be located in Truganina, as part of the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Infrastructure Contributions Plan.

The 1.7 kilometre road will run between Mt Atkinson and Grandview residential estates in Melton, in order to improve commuting and road safety for residents and community groups in the area.Residents travelling to and from the Edmund Rice Community Centre, Rockbank, the Western Freeway and Hopkins Road will benefit from the new infrastructure.

Stockland representatives joined Melton councillors on Thursday for a sod turn to mark the beginning of construction.

Melton mayor Goran Kesic said the road will be a welcome addition for the area.

“Road improvements are high on Melton City Council’s agenda and we welcome the commitment from Stockland to bring the Truganina community an improved roadway,

The Grand Boulevard carriageway is set to improve safety and travel for residents and visitors alike and we look forward to seeing construction progress.”

Stockland project director Ed Krushka said the new road would help to meet increasing transport demands in the area.

“With the western growth corridor rapidly expanding and more than 267,000 people moving to the area since 2010, this vital piece of infrastructure will meet the needs of the growing Mt. Atkinson community,” Mr Krushka said.

“The new road will help to improve travel times; access to work, recreation, services and safety that will benefit our current and prospective residents, as well as the wider community.”