Drivers on the M80 Ring Road can look forward to reduced congestion and more reliable connections to major freeways following the award of a contract to upgrade the section between Sydney Road and Edgars Road.
CPB Contractors has been appointed to deliver the new lanes, entry and exit ramps and a freeway management system to boost capacity and improve safety.
This is the fifth section of the ring road to be undertaken, bringing the M80 one step closer to the completion of a full upgrade.
The $518 million investment to upgrade the four-kilometre section will add new lanes, boost capacity, bust congestion, and remove dangerous weaving by traffic at entry and exit points to make the M80 Ring Road safer and more efficient.
A freeway management system will also be installed, featuring overhead electronic signs which will provide real-time travel information for drivers and help manage traffic flow.
The system includes overhead variable speed limits and ramp signals to manage access onto the Ring Road.
Construction of this section of the M80 Ring Road is expected to begin in early 2020 and the project is due for completion by early 2023.
Works to upgrade the M80 Ring Road commenced in 2009, with the sections between Western Highway and Sydney Road and Edgars Road to Plenty Road already benefitting from increased capacity and improved safety for drivers, creating more reliable travel times for motorists travelling across the city.
The Australian and Victorian Governments are jointly investing $1 billion to upgrade the M80 Ring Road, bringing relief to thousands of drivers each day by providing better access to both local and arterial roads.
When complete, the M80 Ring Road upgrade will provide more reliable connections to major freeways and interstate links, including the Hume Highway, future North East Link, Princes and West Gate Freeways and the future West Gate Tunnel.