Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade another step closer

Media Release

AT017/2018

25 October 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Luke Donellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Jason Wood MP

Federal Member for La Trobe

Steve Dimopoulos

Victorian Member for Oakleigh

Major construction on the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade is another step closer with tenders now requested from three shortlisted contractors.

LendLease Engineering, CPB Constructions and John Holland Pty Ltd will now submit tenders for the $711 million second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade ahead of major construction starting next year.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the project will bust congestion along one of Melbourne's busiest freeway corridors.

“Drivers across Melbourne's south east will experience better travel times when this project is delivered—that's why we're getting on with the work which will allow major construction to get underway,” Mr Tudge said.

The upgrade will add 36 kilometres of new lanes between Warrigal Road and Eastlink and from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the project will enable drivers to get to their destinations more quickly.

“By adding extra lanes where they're needed most, drivers will save nine minutes off a peak hour trip between Pakenham and the city,” Mr Donnellan said.

New intelligent transport technology will be rolled out along the freeway corridor which Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said will enhance safety for drivers.

“Smart, on-road technology will be installed from the South Gippsland Freeway to the Beaconsfield interchange, giving drivers live traffic information and better lane management during incidents to ensure safe and reliable journeys,” Mr Wood said.

“The project includes the upgrade of the Beaconsfield Interchange and the extension of O'Shea Road in Berwick, which would greatly benefit residents in the south east,” Mr Wood said.

Victorian Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos said the upgrade would be good for drivers and good for the Victorian economy.

“This project will support another 600 jobs during construction, many of those employed by local contractors and supported by local businesses,” Mr Dimopoulos said.

The upgrade also includes a new separated road connection from Jacksons Road to EastLink and a new signalised entry ramp from Police Road onto the freeway.

There will be more links to the freeway via an upgraded Beaconsfield Interchange which will connect to a duplicated and extended O'Shea Road.

Construction of the new lanes will start next year, with completion expected in mid-2022.

The total project cost of the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade is $711 million and is being jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $500 million and the Victorian Government committing $211 million.

The project is being delivered by Victoria's Major Road Projects Authority.