Boulevard predicted to be ready for Santa

Update as of 24 February 2016: Hume City Council anticipates that the final unopened section of Aitken Boulevard, between Fairways Boulevard and Golf View Drive, will be ready for vehicles by mid-March 2016. The delay is due to lighting works which need to be carried out by Stockland.
 
The below media release was issued on 3 August 2015.

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Motorists should be able to drive along Aitken Boulevard from Mount Ridley Road to Somerton Road by Christmas, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, announced today.

Cr Atmaca said that all sections of Aitken Boulevard between Craigieburn Road and Somerton Road were expected to be completed across the next five months.

“These new sections will connect up with the existing Aitken Boulevard, and enable residents to commute all the way from the north of Meadow Heights to the south of Mickleham,” Cr Atmaca said.

“It’s exciting news because the road will offer a straight-forward journey for people who regularly travel through the heart of Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park.

“While Santa Claus may choose to direct his reindeers along alternate routes, I can assure him that Aitken Boulevard is projected to be ready and available on Christmas Eve.”

The new sections of Aitken Boulevard are planned to open across three stages:

• Stage 1: Craigieburn Road to Golf View Drive (week commencing 31 August 2015)
• Stage 2: Somerton Road to James Mirams Drive, a segment that will link with the already opened section between James Mirams Drive and Fairways Boulevard (October 2015)
• Stage 3: Fairways Boulevard to Golf View Drive (December 2015)

Hume City Council will install temporary VMS boards along the road to inform motorists of where sections end, before the entire boulevard is complete.

Cr Atmaca said Aitken Boulevard would offer great convenience for Hume residents.

“The road will initially be a single lane in each direction, with additional turning lanes at some intersections,” he said.

“It will enable many residents of Roxburgh Park to drive more directly to Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre and, once it opens, Craigieburn Park.

“This important link between southern Hume and northern Hume will pass over Aitken Creek and extend alongside part of Greenvale Reservoir.

“Aitken Boulevard will also help ease traffic flow and congestion on other streets in Roxburgh Park, such as Bridgewater Road, Donald Cameron Drive and Roxburgh Park Drive.”

The new sections have been built by Hume City Council, as well as developers Peet and Stockland.

They will include an off-road pathway for shared use by both pedestrians and cyclists.

Cr Atmaca thanked everyone who has worked on the construction of Aitken Boulevard.

“Many hands have helped to build this road, and I thank the planners, designers, engineers, landscapers, supervisors, construction contractors, and others,” he said.

“Hume City Council works hard to deliver infrastructure to our community, and Aitken Boulevard will support a growing number of residents.

“In Craigieburn alone, the population has more than doubled since 2006, and is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036.”

Aitken Boulevard is named after John Aitken, who immigrated from Scotland to Van Dieman’s Land in 1825.

The sheep breeder sailed across Bass Strait in 1836 with 1600 sheep, and established a farm around what is now Craigieburn.

He was the first settler in the Gisborne-Sunbury district.

Further information about major projects in Hume is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 3 August 2015


Updated : 4:37 PM, 24 February 2016

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