Contract awarded to construct Sand Road interchange

Media Release


20 August 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Russell Broadbent

Federal Member for McMillan

Harriet Shing

Member for Eastern Victoria

Work on the $31.2 million interchange at the intersection of Sand Road and the Princes Freeway East at Longwarry is expected to start soon, with the contract to build the project now awarded.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced Cut & Fill Pty Ltd will deliver the project.

“Upgrading this key intersection on one of the region's busiest freight corridors will greatly improve safety and efficiency, boosting the local and regional economy,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, who has been fighting for this upgrade for a long time, said the existing intersection will be upgraded into a full freeway interchange with new entry and exit ramps to allow motorists to enter and exit the freeway and connect to other roads.

“Two new roundabouts will be constructed to provide further connections to Sand Road, the freeway and nearby service centres, and to provide safer and easier travel. A bridge will also be built over the freeway,” Mr Broadbent said.

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the new interchange will make it easier and safer for motorists to get on and off the freeway.

“Ensuring that all road users are travelling in a safe environment is a priority. Once the interchange is complete, the current variable speed limit that reduces to 80km/h during peak times will be removed, allowing a consistent 100km/h speed limit along the freeway,” Mr Donnellan said.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the new interchange will offer measurable benefits to the local community.

“The Victorian economy relies heavily on the freight industry and this improvement will ensure freight can move between locations safely and efficiently,” Ms Shing said.

The upgrade is jointly funded, with $22.5 million from the Australian Government and $8.7 million from the Victorian Government. Construction is expected to begin late this year and completed by mid-2017.