Stage two of construction on the $1.4 billion Monash Freeway upgrade has begun. The centre median of the corridor to be transformed into a work site.
The start of construction follows an extra $367.5 million committed in September by the Federal and Victorian State Governments.
CPB Contractors will add an extra lane in both directions from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road for the project. It will see an upgrade of Beaconsfield Interchange and an extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick.
Work is already underway on the freeway shoulder to ensure lanes can be kept available during construction, with temporary line marking to begin in the coming weeks.
Barriers are being installed along the freeway, where the upgrade will increase capacity from eight ten lanes between Springvale Road and the East Link.
The Monash Freeway upgrade is expected to be complete in 2022.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said keeping freight and commuters moving during construction was a priority throughout construction.
“The freeway will remain open during peak periods, and we’ll schedule any major lane closures outside of busy times,” Ms. Allan said.
Once complete the upgrade is expected to see commuters save as much as one hour and forty minutes a week across peak hour trips between Malvern and Pakenham.