The Victorian Government has announced the four companies that have been shortlisted for the second stage of works in the $175 million upgrade of Thompsons Road in Melbourne’s south east.

BMD, CPB, Cut and Fill, and Winslow have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the upgrade, with the contract due to be awarded by mid-2017 and construction to start before the end of the year.

The second stage of works includes duplication of the remaining sections from Frankston-Dandenong Road to Marriott Boulevard, and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road.

As part of the project, traffic lights will be built at Western Port Highway, improving traffic flow and reducing congestion.

Over 10km of new path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be constructed.

Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, said, “This upgrade looks after all road users and will make sure cyclists and pedestrians can safely move around the community.”

Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, said, “The calibre of the firms bidding for the project reflects the importance of the investment we are making in creating a safer and more reliable Thompsons Road.”

Stage one of the Thompsons Road upgrade is underway with works to remove the level crossing near the Merinda Park Railway Station beginning in December 2016.

Stage one is expected to be completed by late 2018, with the whole project complete by mid-2019.

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