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Second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade another step closer



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THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP

MINISTER FOR CITIES, URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

AND POPULATION

JASON WOOD MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LA TROBE

THE HON LUKE DONELLAN

VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR ROADS AND ROAD

SAFETY

STEVE DIMOPOULOS

VICTORIAN MEMBER FOR OAKLEIGH

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

WANTIRNA SOUTH, VICTORIA

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Second Stage Of The Monash Freeway Upgrade Another Step Closer

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.

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Media Contact:

Mr Tudge - Michael Bennett 0434 782 923

Mr Donnellan - Fran Cusworth 0434 212 209

Mr Wood - Puja Dhawan (03) 9768 9164

Mr Dimopoulos - (03) 9568 2456