Victorian drivers are a step closer to seeing a major bottleneck removed on the M80 Ring Road with Expressions of Interest opening today for the upgrade of the M80 freeway between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway.
The upgrade will improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use the M80 Ring Road every day, delivering a more reliable commute for drivers, freight operators and the local community.
The Victorian Government will contribute $150 million towards the project, with a further $150 million from the Commonwealth Government.
The project includes additional traffic lanes along the freeway, including on the EJ Whitten Bridge, as well as the installation of public safety barriers.
Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit, with an upgrade of the shared user path on the EJ Whitten Bridge which includes updated line marking and signs.
To better manage traffic flow, an electronic freeway management system will also be installed with overhead electronic signs that will provide better information for drivers including lane availability and variable speed limits to suit traffic conditions.
The Expression of Interest for the section between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway will be open from Wednesday, 30 September and will shortlist experienced construction companies ahead of the formal tender process from late 2015.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“We’re getting on with removing a notorious bottleneck which will deliver quicker journeys for drivers, the local community and the freight industry.”
“We’re delivering the infrastructure projects that Victoria needs so Victorians spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss
“The Australian Government has committed $4.8 billion to develop and improve land transport infrastructure in Victoria, to benefit the State’s ongoing economic and social development and to boost transport productivity and efficiency.”
“This particular upgrade project will improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use the freeway every day, delivering a more reliable commute for drivers, freight operators and the local community.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021