Contractor completes Dohertys-Fitzgerald intersection upgrade

A trial of how automated vehicles can interact with Australian road infrastructure will kick off on Melbourne's CityLink from next year in a new partnership between the Victorian Government and Transurban.Major works on a key Melbourne freight route intersection, Dohertys-Fitzgerald roundabout in Laverton North, are now complete.

Crews worked around the clock through January to replace the existing roundabout with a signalised intersection.

As part of the Victorian Government‘s $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, the project has moved more than 6,500 metres of rock, sand and clay. Over three and a half weeks 5,000 tonnes of asphalt was laid at the site.

Dohertys Road connects key industrial areas in the west to important freight routes, nearby freeways and the Port of Melbourne, carrying up to 20,000 vehicles each day.

The new intersection is one of five to be upgraded on Dohertys Road between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade. Traffic lights will also be added to the intersection of Hume Road and roundabouts will be built at Cherry Lane and Cyanamid Street.

An upgrade to the Dohertys and Palmers roads intersection is also underway, due for completion in early March.

In an attempt to further reduce congestion in the area an extra lane will be built in each direction between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade alongside a second bridge over the Princes Freeway.

The Western Roads Upgrade will aim to improve eight major roads across Melbourne’s west and also includes the resurfacing of 37 other roads to improve quality and safety.

The availability PPP contract for the upgrade was awarded in 2017 with Netflow, a Cintra and Plenary joint venture, as project sponsor, WBHO Infrastructure as design and construction lead, and Ferrovial Services companies (Amey and Broadspectrum) as services contractor.

Member for Altona Jill Hennessy said Dohertys Road is a critical link for the local community in Laverton North and the upgrade will help people get where they need to go sooner and safer.


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