Consortiums shortlisted for Melbourne project to ease congestion

The Victorian Government has shortlisted three consortiums for a $1.8 billion upgrade to improve congestion on eight roads in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.

Victorian Treasurer and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, announced that consortia Netflow, Western Improvement Network and Western Roads Partnerships have been short-listed for the almost 30km of lane duplication, and wider road maintenance program.

Mr Pallas, said, “As the West’s population and economy grows, we’re making the investment required to upgrade key roads.”

The successful bidder will deliver eight planned road projects, which involve a combination of duplication and upgrade works – and deliver 20 years of maintenance for a wider network of over 750 lane kilometers, including:

  • Dunnings Road and Palmers Road, from Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway, Point Cook
  • Palmers Road, from Princes Freeway to Western Freeway, Truganina
  • Derrimut Road, from Sayers Road to Dohertys Road, Tarneit
  • Leakes Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road, Truganina
  • Dohertys Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade, Laverton North
  • Dohertys Road, from Foundation Road to Palmers Road, Truganina
  • Princes Freeway/Forsyth Road interchange, Hoppers Crossing

Victorian Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller, said, “These upgrades will improve travel times and boost reliability for motorists in one of the fastest growing communities in Victoria.”

VicRoads has launched an interactive map on its website that shows designs and information about the upgrades, which include intersection modifications, building shared use paths, and changes to road and bridge widths.

Victorian Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy, said, “We’re taking action to reduce congestion in Point Cook so people spend more time at home and less in traffic.”

The contract will be awarded in late 2017 with early works starting shortly afterwards.

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