Expressions of Interest open on M80 upgrade
30 September 2015
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Victorian drivers are closer to seeing a major bottleneck removed on the M80 Ring Road with expressions of interest opening today for the upgrade of the freeway between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has committed $150 million toward the upgrade.
“The Australian Government has committed $4.8 billion to develop and improve land transport infrastructure in Victoria, to benefit the State's ongoing economic and social development and to boost transport productivity and efficiency,” Mr Truss said.
“This particular upgrade project will improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use the freeway every day, delivering a more reliable commute for drivers, freight operators and the local community.”
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the Victorian Government will also contribute $150 million toward the Freeway which includes the construction of additional traffic lanes and the installation of public safety barriers.
“We're getting on with removing a notorious bottleneck which will deliver quicker journeys for drivers, the local community and the freight industry,” Mr Donnellan said.
“We're delivering the infrastructure projects that Victoria needs so Victorians spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families.”
Expressions of Interest for the project open from today, Wednesday, 30 September with the formal tender process to commence in late 2015.
The project is expected to commence in mid-2016 and be finished in late 2018.
For more information please visit VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.