The Andrews Labor Government is a step closer to fixing the notorious Thompsons Road in Melbourne’s south-east with four companies now shortlisted for the second stage of works.
BMD, CPB, Cut and Fill and Winslow have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the $175 million upgrade, with the contract due to be awarded by mid-year and construction to start before Christmas.
The second stage of works includes duplication of the remaining sections from Frankston-Dandenong Road to Marriott Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road.
As part of the project, traffic lights will be built at Western Port Highway, improving traffic flow and reducing congestion for the 26,000 vehicles that use Thompsons Road each day.
Over 10km of new path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be constructed, promoting healthy alternative transport options.
Stage one of the Thompsons Road upgrade is well underway with works to remove the level crossing near the Merinda Park Railway Station beginning in December 2016.
Stage One is expected to be completed by late 2018, with the whole project complete by mid-2019.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan
“The calibre of the firms bidding for the project reflects the importance of the investment we are making in creating a safer and more reliable Thompsons Road.”
“Our local community has been waiting a long time for this project and the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with it.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley
“We’re putting people first by removing the bottlenecks along Thompsons Road.”
Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera
“Local residents are frustrated with the congestion along Thompsons Road so they end up rat running down side streets – we’re getting this upgrade done and ensuring that local streets are for local traffic only.”
Quote attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny
“This upgrade looks after all road users and will make sure cyclists and pedestrians can safely move around the community.”