The major intersection upgrade at Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road in south-east Melbourne has been completed four months ahead of schedule.
Contractor BMD Constructions has worked on the project which closed down the intersection for five weeks, due to lower traffic volumes as a result of COVID-19, to get the work done early.
As part of the $225 million Thompsons Road upgrade works on the intersection consisted of removing the roundabout, installing traffic lights and adding new lanes. This was done over a period of five weeks.
The intersection in Carrum Downs is used by 58,000 motorists daily.
Following the upgrade, the intersection has been widened to feature two dedicate right-turn lanes and three through-lanes on each approach to the intersection. There are also slip lanes so vehicles are able t turn left without disrupting through traffic.
Another 10.7-kilometre stretch of Thompsons Road has been duplicated as part of the project. Evans Road level crossing, nearby, is set to be removed later this year.
Neighbouring Hallam train station will also be upgraded with the designs released recently. The station will be elevated with platforms spanning Hallam Road and entrances with lifts and stairs on both side of the station.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said we’ve delivered the Thompsons Road upgrade four months early and we’re getting on with removing the Hallam Road level crossing and delivering the brand new station.
“Our road and rail projects are easing congestion and keeping Victorians in work through the coronavirus pandemic.”
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