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A consultant has found the Yarriambiack Shire will have to spend nearly $1 million on the region's roads if a major railway line is not upgraded.
The council commissioned a study earlier this year as part of its effort to convince the Victorian Government to reopen the Yaapeet railway line.
It has been lobbying for $1 million so the entire track can be made operational.
The consultant, Driscoll Engineering, has found that without rail services, there will be about 850 trucks on the road between Rainbow and Yaapeet during harvest.
It is estimated that will cost the council nearly $130,000 per year to maintain those roads, as well as an extra $1.3 million for an initial upgrade of the Rainbow-Yaapeet Road.
Councillors will meet tomorrow to decide whether the report should be sent to the State Government.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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