Getting On With The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade

29 October 2018

Drivers in Eltham are a step closer to a safer and less congested drive on Fitzsimons Lane with three builders now shortlisted to build the Andrews Labor Government’s massive Suburban Roads Upgrade.

Access Arterial, Connecting Melbourne and Netflow have been shortlisted to submit tenders to upgrade 14 key roads as part of the $2.2 billion northern and south eastern packages of the Suburban Roads Upgrades.

The Labor Government is making the biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history by undertaking 14 projects to upgrade the arterial roads across Melbourne’s outer north and south-east that need it most.

As part of the upgrade, the existing roundabouts at Main Road and Porter Streets and the intersection at Foote Street and Williamsons Road will be replaced with traffic lights to improve traffic flow for 60,000 drivers who rely on Fitzsimons Lane each day.

New traffic lights will be installed at Leane Drive to further boost traffic flow and access to Main Road while existing bus lanes will be removed between Porter Street and Foote Street.

These upgrades will reduce congestion and bring down travel times, while boosting safety and connecting communities across our growing outer north and south-east suburbs.

With work already underway on the Western Roads Upgrade, the record $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade will improve 22 priority roads across Melbourne’s outer west, north and south-eastern suburbs.

These important upgrades are being overseen by the Major Road Projects Authority – a new, dedicated authority established to deliver a pipeline of major road upgrades and projects across Melbourne and Victoria.

The consortia will now submit tenders to carry out the northern and south-eastern packages of the Suburban Roads Upgrade as detailed planning, design and community consultation continues.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“We’re getting on with delivering key upgrades to roads across Melbourne’s outer suburbs – with construction already underway in Melbourne’s west and, now, three consortia bidding to get on with the two remaining packages in Melbourne’s south-east and north.”

“Drivers will be the big winners as we push on with delivering these key projects – and get on with delivering billions of dollars of road upgrades across Melbourne.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham Vicki Ward

“Fitzsimons Lane has been a bottleneck for decades and with the population in our area continuing to grow, this project will improve traffic flow and reduce delays.”

“This vital upgrade will improve travel times and reliability on Fitzsimons Lane so people can get to work, school and move around the area more easily.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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