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Western Highway delays

  • Western Highway delays

Work to the Western Highway could be delayed

The completion to the duplication of the Western Highway between Ararat and Buangor could pushed back significantly, according to Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

The planning document for the project was allowed to lapse in mid-2015 and work was also suspended indefinitely in February of this year due to failure to renew an expired planning permit.

The local MP believes there is currently no work being done on this section of highway and it is now too late for work to commence this road season, pushing the completion date back a further year.

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"We've already seen significant delays on this section of the road," Ms Staley said.

"It was initially meant to start construction in 2015 but that was pushed out to early 2017 for a couple of reasons.

" Firstly there was some court cases but then it was discovered that the government had let the planning permit lapse.

"So last sitting week I asked the parliament had the government got a new planning permit so it could start because there is a short window there can be road buildings over summer and we're in that period and there's no roadworks."

Ms Staley also said she has no idea when the end date will be now after all of these delays.

"I don't know what the end date is now because we were at the stage where a tender had been let for this section of road and my understanding is that the tender has now expired."