Road extends to connect

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Officer’s Siding Avenue is to be extended to Bridge Road in an effort to “better connect” the community to schools, shops and services.

Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino joined Cardinia Shire Council representatives on Friday 3 February to turn the sod and kick-start construction of the Officer Town Centre development.

The $1.9 million project will extend Siding Avenue 300-metres south to meet with Bridge Road with the aim to improve safety for students, pedestrians and trains users who currently need to cross train tracks, open land and busy intersections to access Officer Station.

Traffic lights will also be installed at the Siding Avenue and Bridge Road intersection.

Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino said the road would improve access to Cardinia Civic Centre council chambers, Officer Secondary College and Officer Specialist School.

He said it would facilitate further development in the area, with these improvements expected to be a drawcard for future retail and community services.

“The extension of Siding Avenue will make it quicker, easier and safer to get from the station to the schools, shops and services in Officer,” he said.

“The $1.9 million project will also install traffic lights at the intersection with Bridge Road and is part of our ongoing investment in this growing community.”

During construction, a temporary path would be created parallel to Siding Avenue to enable safe access between Officer Station and Officer Secondary College.

The State Government has committed more than $700 million to the Officer Town Centre project, including the Aspect estate development, and has already contributed $100 million.

This has included the new Civic Centre building, a rail underpass and key road connections to service the rapidly growing suburb.

For more information, visit places.vic.gov.au.

Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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