Congestion Eases for Greensborough-bound Drivers on M80
07 March 2014
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads
Drivers on the M80 Ring Road will experience a smoother ride from today, with an additional lane open between Edgars Road and Plenty Road.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new lane, constructed as part of the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade, will alleviate congestion and increase capacity.
“Bottlenecks are common during the morning and afternoon peak at Edgars Road, Greensborough-bound, as drivers merge into two lanes from three, and slow to 80 kilometres per hour.
“The changed traffic conditions remove this bottleneck, and by next week will allow drivers to travel at 100 kilometres per hour all the way on the Ring Road from the West Gate Freeway interchange at Laverton to Plenty Road.
“This is great news for the 140,000 drivers who use the M80 Ring Road every day.”
Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said an additional Altona-bound lane from Edgars Road to Plenty Road is due to open later this month along with a speed limit increase in that direction.
“Once open, drivers will enjoy three lanes in each direction from Edgars Road to Plenty Road and up to four lanes between some interchanges.
“We anticipate that the Edgars Road to Plenty Road section will be completed by mid-2014.”
The M80 Ring Road upgrade is being jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.
It will improve safety and reduce congestion along the entire 38 kilometre stretch of freeway from Laverton North to Greensborough.
Two sections of the M80 Ring Road—Calder Freeway to Sydney Road, and Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue—were completed last year, bringing the total to 16 kilometres of upgraded freeway.