Contract awarded for Nepean Highway upgrade

Media Release


06 October 2015

Joint release with:

Bruce Bilson

Federal Member for Dunkley

Bev Colomb

Mayor of Mornington Peninsula
Shire Council

Works to improve road safety on the Nepean Highway upgrade near Mount Eliza will start soon with the successful construction tenderer announced today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that Rose Civil Victoria Pty Ltd had been selected to deliver the $500,000 project.

"The Australian Government will contribute $400,000 and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council $100,000 to this project," Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson said the site had a high crash record and the upgrades would save lives.

"Works will involve constructing a pedestrian operated signal crossing north of the Tower Road intersection, installing vehicle detector loops on Tower Road and a green coloured surface treatment for the bicycle lanes to improve safety for all road users," Mr Billson said.

"The works will also help regulate traffic flow for vehicles using the Mount Eliza section of the Nepean Highway—around 27,000 each day.

"In the five years between January 2009 and December 2013, six crashes—including two fatalities and two serious injuries—were reported on this section of highway, so this vital upgrade will make our community safer and our roads more efficient."

Mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Bev Colomb said that pedestrian activity is high in the vicinity of the Tower Road and Volitans Avenue intersection.

"To improve safety and access for pedestrians, this project will also install a concrete footpath and relocate the south-bound bus stop on the highway. These works will make it safer for commuters crossing the Nepean Highway to get to and from their bus stop," Cr Colomb said.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, weather conditions permitting.