DESPITE a change in government at Federal level, it's hoped the Penola Bypass project can continue to forge ahead.
Wattle Range Council mayor Peter Gandolfi told the Herald the council had done its part so far and was waiting on movement from higher up in government.
"Council has completed acquisition of the corridor earlier this year," he said. "We wrote to the State Government advising them of this and seeking a timeline for completion."
The State Government is seeking Federal funding for stage two and Mr Gandolfi said he was confident the bypass project "stacks up well" with the Coalition's commitment to road infrastructure.
It's understood the State Government's preference is to build the bypass in one hit.
"The State Government has got carriage of the submission to the Federal Government," Mayor Gandolfi explained in reference to the funding for stage two.
Once complete the bypass will take heavy traffic around the town in a north-south direction.
The project has come under fire from sections of the community who fear the bypass will have an adverse affect on businesses in the town, as well as vineyards of Coonawarra which will be affected by the new bypass going through their land.