Joint Victorian and federal funding of $4 million for the Rutherglen Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route was intended "to take trucks and heavy vehicles off local roads in central Rutherglen", according to a 2017 media release.
Residents are arguing the route Regional Roads Victoria has identified with part of that funding does not meet that brief, because it goes through residential streets in the centre of town.
As Springhurst's Stuart Maxwell put at a community meeting on Thursday, "Do they think reversing out of driveways into the path of large trucks is more dangerous than parallel parking in the main street?".
RRV was not present at that meeting, but a representative from Northern Victoria MP Tim Quilty was.
Mr Quilty said in a statement he was prepared to advocate for residents.
"The situation with trucks passing through Rutherglen is one that has been causing problems for residents for many years," he said.
"Studies have been performed and reports created which Regional Roads Victoria seem happy to ignore, preferring to send trucks along the narrow and potentially dangerous Scott Street and Reid Street.
"It is clear that RRV's preferred option will expose children and less mobile pedestrians to danger, as well as motorists wanting to exit their driveways or even park their car on the road outside their homes.
"It would be a positive step for RRV representatives to actually engage with Rutherglen residents, turn up to meetings and be prepared to defend their decisions.
"Last night's meeting appeared to favour a full bypass which I am happy to support.
"I will back the community fully in whichever solution they decide to adopt.
"Rutherglen residents know their town far better than any bureaucrats who wish to force their ill-conceived solutions on the town."
Indi MP Helen Haines has also been contacted about the issue.
"There is clearly concern in the Rutherglen community about the current proposal put by Regional Roads Victoria to shift heavy vehicle traffic away from the town's Main Street," she said.
"Some individual concerns are being brought to my office.
"I think it's important for the community to agree what it wants to achieve and then to engage the government about ways to deliver that."
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There is a push for RRV to release the Origin to Destination Study that includes traffic counter data and where trucks are coming and going, and details of all 20 route options that were investigated.
Heavy vehicles will be required to use the alternative route from 7am to 7pm, with Main Street (Murray Valley Highway) only accessible after 7pm.
Indigo chief executive Trevor Ierino has responded to calls during Thursday's meeting, making a previous Aurecon report available to residents.