Jun 2, 2013

First Stage of the M80 Upgrade Completed

This week the billion dollar upgrade of Melbourne’s M80 Ring Road has reached another significant milestone following completion of work along the section between Sydney Road and the Caldwell Freeway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the project involved widening this 10.7 kilometre section to at least six lanes to improve traffic flows and deliver smoother, less congested driving conditions for to more than 140,000 motorists that use this road every day.

“The work now underway along this vital commuter and freight route is part of our unprecedented capital works program which is modernising both Melbourne’s road and rail infrastructure,” said Mr Albanese.

“Indeed, as well as upgrading the M80, we’ve also partnered with the Victorian Government to build the Regional Rail Link, the biggest public transport project now underway anywhere in the country.

“But we know there’s more to do.  That’s why in this month’s Federal Budget we set aside a further $525 million in new money to upgrade and widen the last sections of the M80 as part of our next Nation Building Program.  That allocation takes total Federal investment in this road to more than $1.4 billion.”

The current M80 Upgrade is being jointly funded by the Federal ($900 million) and Victorian ($300 million) governments, with this package of works expected to be completed by the middle of next year – see attached map.

Victorian Public Transport and Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the current works are installing extra lanes along 23 kilometres of this vital link to the City’s south west suburbs as well as the Airport and the Hume Freeway.

“The section just completed now has a minimum of three lanes in each direction and up to five lanes between the Tullamarine Freeway and Jacana Tunnel,” said Mr Mulder.

“As well as widening the road, we’ve also installed the latest electronic freeway management technology to give VicRoads the tools to better manage traffic flows and ensure we get the most out of the investment we’re making.”

“This is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5.6 billion infrastructure spend this year, and we have a record $6.1 billion we’ll be investing next year.

“It further secures Victoria’s place as the home of freight and logistics in Australia.”

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M80 Ring Road

M80 Ring Road