Drivers in Melbourne’s south-east are another step closer to a faster, safer journey with the appointment of a preferred tenderer for the Mordialloc Freeway project.
The nine-kilometre freeway will provide an uninterrupted trip from the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village, slashing travel times and taking thousands of trucks off local roads.
Early appointment of the McConnell Dowell/Decmil Joint Venture as preferred tenderer ensures feedback from the recent Environment Effects Statement (EES) consultation period can be considered as we refine the design.
The EES considers the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of the project, along with submissions received during the consultation period. It will be assessed by an Independent Enquiry Panel over the next few months.
The Joint Venture will undertake further environmental surveying and monitoring along with non-disruptive site and services investigations.
This work will build on the 13 key environmental studies completed in 2018 to ensure the final design aligns with outcomes of the EES process and that the project is built in an environmentally sustainable way.
Several environmental design improvements have already been implemented because of EES investigations, including new and expanded noise walls, wildlife underpasses, fauna fencing and twin bridge structures over the Waterways wetlands.
The Mordialloc Freeway project will save drivers 10 minutes in the evening peak, take thousands of trucks off local roads and deliver upgrades to key interchanges to improve journey reliability.
Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan
“The Mordialloc Freeway will slash travel times for drivers in the south-east and create hundreds of jobs – and we’re getting on with it.”
Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson
“We’re now a step a closer on this vital project for our community that will get trucks off local roads and make a smoother and safer journey for everyone.”
Quote attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula
“This is an important step in making sure the final design gets the best outcome for our community and the environment.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020