Oct 21, 2010

Next contract awarded for M80 Ring Road Upgrade

Next contract awarded for M80 Ring Road Upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 21 2010

The $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade has reached another milestone, with the contract awarded to Leighton Contractors for the next section of works between the Western Highway and Furlong Road in St Albans.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas announced the new contract award today.

“The contract to widen the road between Western Highway and Furlong Road is part of the second major section of the Ring Road to be upgraded, complementing the work recently started between Furlong Road and Sunshine Avenue, and continuing between Calder Freeway and Sydney Road,” said Mr Albanese.

“Once completed, these upgrades will deliver safer, less congested driving conditions for the more than 140,000 motorists and truck drivers which use the M80 every day.

“The Gillard Labor Government has a plan to move Melbourne forward, one which recognises that the task of renewing and expanding its transport infrastructure requires a partnership between all levels of government.”

Mr Pallas said the M80 Upgrade would deliver a minimum of three lanes in each direction on the 38 kilometre route from the Princes Freeway in Melbourne’s south-west, to the Greensborough Highway in the north-east.

“Works for this latest contract include construction of an additional two lanes in each direction, reinforcement works on seven bridges and resurfacing works to provide increased capacity and a safer driving environment,” Mr Pallas said.

“The M80 Upgrade improvements will also support industry in Melbourne’s west, making it far easier for businesses to move freight to and from destinations including our ports and airports.

“The upgrade will also feature new electronic systems to manage traffic flow, including ramp signals, variable message signs and variable speed limit signs, which will significantly improve congestion and safety along one of Melbourne’s key transport corridors.”

The works between Western Highway and Furlong Road are expected to start early next year and completed in 2013. For more information or to sign up to receive project updates and alerts, visit the project website at www.roads.vic.gov.au/m80 upgrade or call 1300 297 090.