Drivers in the growing northern suburbs will get a faster, less congested commute with massive new upgrades to Bridge Inn Road and Yan Yean Road in Doreen.
The works will be part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade – the biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – to fix 22 key suburban arterials and create more than 4,200 jobs during construction.
Bridge Inn Road will be widened from two to four lanes between Plenty Road and Yan Yean Road, removing a significant bottleneck and improving access to the new Mernda Railway Station and Mernda Town Centre.
Stage 2 of the Yan Yean Road upgrade will also be delivered as part of the package, widening Yan Yean Road from two to four lanes between Bridge Inn Road and Kurrak Road.
These upgrades will slash congestion and improve travel times for the more than 17,000 drivers who rely on Bridge Inn Road and Yan Yean Road each day.
As part of the project, the roundabout at the existing intersection of Bridge Inn Road and Yan Yean Road will be replaced with traffic lights.
A new bridge will be built over Plenty River, and new cycling and pedestrian paths will be installed along Bridge Inn Road and Yan Yean Road.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $2.2 billion to upgrade 13 key arterial routes across the northern and south-eastern suburbs, on top of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade announced in last year’s budget.
In total, the Suburban Roads Upgrade will fix more than 50 kilometres of roads across Melbourne.
Work is continuing on other major upgrades across the northern suburbs, including the Plenty Road Upgrade and Stage 1 of the Yan Yean upgrade.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“This is the single biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – it will fix local roads and get people home sooner.”
“With work already underway on the Western Roads Upgrade, this unprecedented investment will now mean the benefits of this project are felt across our city from Werribee to Pakenham, from Doreen to Dingley.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“We’re removing the bottlenecks along Bridge Inn and Yan Yean roads, slashing congestion for more than 17,000 drivers who rely on these busy roads each day.”
“Locals know how frustrating being stuck in traffic along Bridge Inn Road and Yan Yean Road is – that’s why these upgrades are so important.”