Open at long last

Siding Avenue, Officer is now completely open, running from the Princes Highway to Bridge Road. Pictures: CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL

By Bonny Burrows

It’s been a long time coming, but Siding Avenue, Officer is now open to traffic.
The road, which runs beside Cardinia Shire Council’s offices and adjoins Bridge Road, was officially opened on 28 September.
Previously, the avenue was closed at the rail overpass outside the council’s civic centre.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Brett Owen said the long-awaited extension of the road provided a key vehicle and pedestrian link between the Princes Highway and council’s building and the Officer Secondary College, Officer Special School and Officer Railway Station.
‘Residents can also use this road and footpaths to travel between the north and south of the railway line without being held up at the level railway crossings at Cardinia Road and Station Street,” Cr Owen said.
The completion of the road was funded by Development Victoria and the intersection and traffic signals at Bridge Road was funded by Council’s Officer Developer Contributions Plan (DCP).
Cr Owen said it was hoped the newly-constructed part of Siding Avenue provided incentive for Development Victoria to put land parcels on the market and for developers to build in the commercial precinct surrounding council’s Civic Centre.
The road’s speed limit is 50km/h.