The Victorian Government has awarded the contract to upgrade the section of the M80 Ring Road between Sydney Road and Edgars Road.
CPB Contractors has been appointed to deliver the new lanes, entry and exit ramps and a freeway management system to boost capacity and improve safety.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $518 million investment for the upgrade will make a state shaping project.
“This is the fifth section of the ring road to be undertaken, bringing the M80 one step closer to the completion of a full upgrade.”
Construction of this section of the M80 Ring Road is expected to begin in early 2020 and the project is due for completion by early 2023.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan says these improvements will make this section of the M80 much safer.
“Since 2014 there have been a total of 88 crashes between Sydney Road and Edgars Road resulting in 28 serious injury crashes and 1 fatality. Most of these crashes occur in or on freeway on-and-off ramps or at on-and-off ramp merging lanes,” Ms. Allan said.
A freeway management system will be installed featuring overhead electronic signs to provide real time travel information for drivers and help manage traffic flow. The system includes overhead variable speed limits and ramp signals to manage access onto the Ring Road.
Works to upgrade the road started in 2009. The Australian and Victorian Governments are jointly investing $1 billion to the M80 Upgrade which is being delivered by Major Projects Victoria.