The Australian and Victorian governments are calling for Expressions of Interest to build the $290 million final stage of Victoria’s M80 Ring Road.
The Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the final upgrades to the M80 Ring Road include a four-kilometre section between Sydney Road and Edgars Road and a two kilometre section between Plenty Road and the Greensborough Highway. Part of these upgrades will include building extra lanes in each direction.
“We're closing in on completing this important upgrade project which will make the M80 Ring Road safer and more efficient while supporting up to 1,350 jobs during construction,” Mr Fletcher said.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan also confirmed that entry and exit ramps will be widened to increase capacity. Furthermore, a dedicated exit ramp will be constructed from Sydney Road to Edgars Road.
“This upgrade project will improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use this freeway each day, delivering better journeys for drivers, freight operations and the local community,” Mr Donnellan said.
More Details on the M80 Ring Road Upgrade
The below details are sourced from the Australia and New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline
The M80 Ring Road upgrade will deliver improvements along 38 kilometres of freeway from the Princes Freeway, Laverton North, to the Greensborough Highway, Greensborough.
The M80 Ring Road is an urban freeway in Melbourne. It connects the northern suburbs and western suburbs to other Victorian urban and rural freeways.
The project is being undertaken in a number of stages, with the remaining three sections of work having received funding in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget:
- Princes Freeway to Western Highway ($345.1 million);
- Sydney Road to Edgars Road ($233.7 million); and
- Plenty road to Greensborough Highway ($134.8 million).
Sections of work already completed or under construction include:
- Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue (completed);
- Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway (under construction);
- Calder Freeway to Sydney Road (completed); and
- Edgars Road to Plenty Road (completed).
Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway
The Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway stage of the M80 Ring Road project currently underway will deliver:
- up to five lanes in both directions on the M80 Ring Road between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway
- widening and strengthening of EJ Whitten Bridge
- an upgraded shared user path on the EJ Whitten Bridge;
- public safety barriers on EJ Whitten Bridge;
- electronic freeway management system; and
- new CCTV cameras to assist with managing and clearing incidents quickly and efficiently.
The Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway stage will cost $300 million and is jointly-funded by the Victorian and Federal governments.
Construction started in late 2016 and is expected to be completed by late 2018. Fulton Hogan was announced as the successful tenderer for the project in August 2016.