Improved freight link between Melbourne and Dandenong
06 September 2016
Joint release with:
Mayor of Greater Dandenong
The upgrade of a key south-eastern Melbourne freight link is complete with today's official opening of the Abbotts Road duplication works in Dandenong South.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Melbourne's south-east was growing strongly and the Coalition Government recognised the importance of infrastructure keeping pace with population and economic activity.
“The upgrade perfectly fits into the Coalition's agenda of building our economy by cutting travelling times and getting goods to market faster,” Mr Chester said.
“This project has improved access in and out of Dandenong South's industrial area while also providing a safer journey for all users by providing additional lanes and dedicated cycle and pedestrian areas.”
Greater Dandenong Mayor Heang Tak said the area was a major industrial freight hub for both Victoria and Melbourne's south-east.
“With Dandenong South home to many distribution centres, suppliers and stores, it is an important destination for workers across the region,” Cr Tak said.
“The project involved duplication of Abbotts Road between Park Drive and Remington Drive and the Eumemmering Creek Bridge.
“Council has also worked with VicRoads among other contractors to preserve significant trees along Abbotts Road and care was taken during the design and construction of the project to preserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.”
The $5.5 million project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the City of Greater Dandenong.
The Coalition Government contributed $1.14 million towards the project. Aldi—with a warehouse located next door—also contributed $280,000 to build a new section of road to connect Produce Drive with Abbotts Road.