Works on the Andrews Labor Government’s Monash Freeway Upgrade will begin this week, and will deploy new ways to minimise traffic disruption.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced the start of works to ease congestion for the 200,000 motorists that use the Monash Freeway every day.
This week, motorists will see preliminary works on the Freeway’s shoulders to make the road smoother and allow extra space to reduce the number of traffic disruptions during construction.
Motorists will initially see some lane closures at night so workers can safely conduct works and not interrupt the peak periods.
Providing the extra space will allow the current number of lanes to remain open during peak times when more disruptive work begins. Construction times will be staged to avoid major disruption to motorists.
In mid-late October concrete barriers will be installed down the centre median on both sides of the Freeway to ensure motorists and worker safety.
The majority of works to strengthen and widen bridges, build the extra lanes and install the final safety barriers will be done behind these concrete barriers.
The upgrade will see more than 30 kilometres of extra lanes while minimising the impact of construction on motorists.
It will address major bottlenecks by adding a lane in each direction between EastLink and Clyde Road in Berwick, along with smart technology and ramp upgrades, improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists.
The project will create more than 400 jobs during construction, as part of the Labor Government’s transport infrastructure pipeline that is creating 15,000 jobs across Melbourne.
Motorists will be notified of any works expected to impact their travel time and are advised to check the website for full details, and to register to receive regular project updates at: westerndistributorproject.vic.gov.au/monash
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We’re getting on with widening the Monash to slash travel times and create hundreds of new Victorian jobs.”
“This project means a safer, less congested Monash – getting Victorians home safer and sooner every day.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“Widening the Monash Freeway will make the journey faster, more reliable and safer for all motorists.”
“We’re working to minimise traffic disruptions, with the majority of works being undertaken at night or in the centre median, however we do suggest you allow extra travel time when planning your journey.”