Switch flicked on Sand Road interchange bridge works
18 January 2016
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Federal Member for McMillan
Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Region
A major new traffic interchange that will replace the Sand Road intersection on the Princes Freeway East came a step closer today.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said next week's traffic switch at the intersection will facilitate work on the construction of a bridge over the freeway.
“Motorists using Sand Road are currently required to give way to oncoming traffic before crossing both the freeway's east-bound and west-bound carriageways,” Mr Truss said.
“This can increase travel times and lead to motorists becoming frustrated and performing unsafe driving manoeuvres.”
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said work on the project has progressed well since it started in October 2014.
“Next week's traffic switch is a major step forward that will allow the project to be completed in late 2017,” Mr Donnellan said.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the new bridge will give motorists much safer and more efficient access to nearby townships and service centres.
“Traffic has now been switched onto a temporary route which will allow work to start on the bridge over the freeway. From next week, there will be changes to how the intersection operates, and we need road users to be extra cautious, lower their speeds and follow the directions of signs and traffic controllers,” Mr Broadbent said.
Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said motorists will be kept updated as works on the project continued.
“Road users will be kept informed of traffic management changes via road signage and the VicRoads website,” Ms Shing said.
The project is being funded with $22.5 million from the Australian Government and $8.7 million from the Victorian Government.