Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Works underway on O'Herns Road Interchange

Media Release

PF014/2018

23 February 2018

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Drivers across Melbourne’s north will soon benefit from safer journeys and less traffic congestion as construction gets underway on the O’Herns Road upgrade in Epping.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said works were now underway on the first stage of the project, the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection upgrade.

“This project will transform the way residents move across Melbourne’s north via a new interchange with direct access to the Hume Freeway from O’Herns Road, additional lanes on O’Herns Road between the freeway and Redding Rise, and traffic lights at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country and this project is in line with the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver major infrastructure improvements that better connect communities.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the project would improve connections and encourage economic and jobs growth across the region.

“We’re reducing traffic queues and easing congestion for the more than 30,000 drivers who rely on the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection every day,” Mr Donnellan said.

Victorian Senator James Paterson said the interchange will provide a direct route between the northern suburbs and Melbourne’s CBD.

“This project will help people to get home safer and sooner and create opportunities for businesses right across the region,” Mr Paterson said.

Victorian Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said the upgrade will make it easier for thousands of drivers to travel around Melbourne’s north.

“The interchange will feature new on and off ramps, providing a direct route to the Melbourne CBD, and improved connections to suburbs including Epping, Wollert and Craigieburn.”

The second stage of the project includes building a new interchange at O’Herns Road to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. Overall completion is due in late 2019.

This $81 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments under the $3 billion Victorian Infrastructure Package.