Message from Alan Tudge, Federal MP for Aston
Dorset Road extension
High on my agenda is the Dorset Road extension and duplication of Napoleon Roads.
We have this money locked into the federal budget and I am negotiating with the state transport minister over the implementation schedule.
This is a big project $130 million all up. I will keep you informed about this one as it progresses as I know this is one that has been on the books for decades.
More information about the process here, or Gully News report here.
Henderson Road Bridge now open for business
After being on the drawing board for decades, the Henderson Road Bridge is finally built and officially open!
For those who don’t know, this bridge links up Henderson Road in Rowville with Henderson Road in Knoxfield on the other side of Corhanwarrabul Creek. It has always been planned to have the roads linked up through a bridge, but for some reason, it was never prioritised.
In 2016 I made the decision to seek a federal election commitment of $6 million to get the bridge done. Since that time, we have worked closely with Knox Council over the design and implementation. I never realised it would be such a big job, but now that the work is
complete, I can clearly see the complexity in it.
The bridge provides another link between the southern half of Knox (Rowville and Lysterfield) with the northern part. Until this time, there were only two linkages: Stud Road and Napoleon Road. Creating the extra link, will not only save people time to get
to Bunnings, or Knox Shopping Centre, but will also take a bit of pressure off Stud Road, which is often a nightmare. Importantly, it will save time for a lot of local businesses.
Many have raised their concerns about the traffic this bridge might generate at the intersection of Henderson Road and Kellets Road. It is already a sub-optimal intersection. I have secured funding to get traffic lights installed there to address these concerns but it will probably take a year or so before they are completed.
Yes, the length of time to build these things frustrates me too! I have secured funds for slip lanes at the intersection of Henderson Road and Ferntree Gully Road.
This bridge has been a great project done in partnership with the Knox Council. They put in $500,000 and oversaw the construction. The finished project is terrific. It even has a special possum highway over the top of the bridge.
Thanks for your patience and support as we get these local projects done.
Alan Tudge MP