Polwarth MP Richard Riordan says authorities should start planning for a truck bypass around Colac to ensure the region is ready for traffic growth.
Mr Riordan said he wrote to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan requesting an economic impact study for a Princes Highway bypass around Colac.
The minister told Mr Riordan that VicRoads completed a small traffic study in May last year to better understand truck movements in and around Colac.
Mr Donnellan said the study found that 82 per cent of trucks using Murray Street stopped in Colac which could include stops to pick up or deliver goods or drivers stopping to rest or to eat.
The letter said about 1500 trucks a day passed through Colac and estimated that a bypass would only remove fewer than 230 trucks a day from driving through Colac.
Mr Riordan said he “strongly disagreed” with the figures.
He said that he expected traffic and truck volumes through Colac would increase when work to duplicate the highway between Winchelsea and Colac was finished and it was integral that there was a plan in place.
“There is no doubt that with the freeway finishing in Colac it is going to be an attraction for everyone to take this as a key route through to Melbourne,” Mr Riordan said.
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