Second stage of Melbourne's M80 Ring Road now complete
16 October 2013
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads
The $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade today reached another major milestone with the opening of all traffic lanes between the Western Highway in Sunshine West and Sunshine Avenue in St Albans last night.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the newly-widened freeway, featuring four lanes in each direction and five between Western Highway and Tilburn Road, would help improve traffic flow and deliver safer, smoother driving conditions for more than 142,000 motorists each day.
“The 38 kilometre M80 Ring Road is a nationally significant freeway, key to Victorian and interstate freight movements and for daily commuters travelling across metropolitan Melbourne,” Mr Truss said.
“But in reaching this significant milestone, we absolutely realise there is more work to be done to shape the Australian transport landscape for the 21st century.”
“An important part of this national vision is investing in Victorian infrastructure, which is why the Australian Government has committed $1.5 billion towards the construction of the East West Link.”
Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said that in addition to the extra capacity provided by the new traffic lanes, drivers would benefit from on-road and overhead electronic messaging designed to provide them with current travel time and lane use information.
“The Lane Use Management System (LUMS) will operate between the Western Highway and Sunshine Avenue, allowing VicRoads to adjust the speed limit and lane availability to suit road conditions and improve overall safety for drivers,” Mr Mulder said
“The Victorian Coalition Government is providing VicRoads with the latest tools to better manage our roads and provide drivers with the information to safely navigate our freeway network.”
As well as switching on the LUMS, electronic signs displaying real-time travel times for destinations, such as the Melbourne Airport, have also been switched on at the Tullamarine Freeway interchange and near Airport Drive.
“Drivers would be familiar with these signs as they are in use on other major freeways and arterial roads, but this is the first time they have been used on the M80 Ring Road,” Mr Mulder said.
Member for Western Metropolitan region Bernie Finn welcomed the announcement and said that the opening of these traffic lanes is major accomplishment.
“We have installed more than six kilometres of concrete barriers, laid 60,000 tonnes of asphalt, installed more than 2,700 tonnes of steel reinforcement, and poured 18,000 cubic metres of concrete to upgrade this section,” Mr Finn said.
“These improvements will support industry in Melbourneâ€™s north and west, making it easier to move freight to and from destinations, including our ports and airports.”
BMD Constructions widened the M80 Ring Road between Furlong Road and Sunshine Avenue, with Leighton Contractors widening between Sunshine Avenue and the Western Highway and completing works all the way from Furlong Road to Tilburn Road.
Visionstream are delivering and integrating the freeway management system across the entire M80 Ring Road.
The 10.7 kilometre section between the Calder Freeway and Sydney Road was completed earlier this year. The third section currently underway is the 6.8 kilometres between Edgars Road and Plenty Road, with works expected to be completed by mid-2014.
The $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.
To download a photo of the opening of all traffic lanes between the Western Highway in Sunshine West and Sunshine Avenue in St Albans last night visit: http://tinyurl.com/kdqd2py