The Federal Government has announced that construction will begin on stage two of the $1.4b Monash Freeway upgrade project in Victoria.
The news comes after additional funding for the project, worth $367.5m, was approved by the state and federal Governments in September of 2019.
CIMIC Group’s subsidiary CPB Contractors were selected to execute the second stage of the Monash Freeway upgrade programme back in October 2019. The works are designed to strengthen the overall capacity of the Monash Freeway and accommodate the growing traffic in the ever-expanding south-east.
The Monash Freeway upgrades are planned to be completed by 2022, with roughly 1,000 construction jobs as a result of the works.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “We want to meet the huge demand for this corridor which is why beyond adding extra lanes, we’re improving links to the Monash.
“It’s all part of the Federal Government’s record A$100bn pipeline of infrastructure projects helping Australians reach their destinations more safely and quickly.”
The second stage of the project will involve the construction of 36km of new lanes on the Monash and Princes Freeways Warrigal Road and Eastlink outbound, Eastlink to Springvale Road inbound and Clyde Road to Cardinia Road, in both directions.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said: “The freeway will remain open during peak periods, and we’ll schedule any major lane closures outside of busy times.”
The upgrade is set to connect the Jacksons Road outbound ramps directly to Eastlink with an alternate road. Stage two will also connect the freeway to Police Road with an outbound on-ramp.
An additional two lanes will be constructed in each direction on O’Shea Road between Clyde Road and Soldiers Road. O’Shea Road will also be extended to join the Beaconsfield interchange while the interchange will be upgraded by adding an inbound freeway off-ramp and an outbound freeway on-ramp.
A shared cycling and walking path will be built on O’Shea Road between Clyde Road, Berwick and the Princes Highway, Beaconsfield.
“It’s a game-changer for the hard-working people who travel on the Monash every day and who don’t want to be sitting bumper to bumper traffic.
“People will be saving as much as 1 hour and forty minutes a week across peak hour trips between Malvern and Pakenham,” Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.
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