The Victorian Government has awarded the $139.4 million contract to upgrade Plenty Road.

Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, announced that DECMIL won the contract for the first stage of the project.

The first stage, between McKimmies Road and Bush Boulevard, will see an extra lane added in each direction to boost capacity, as well as the installation of new safety barriers and on-road cycling lanes.

Five major intersections will be upgraded, including the intersections at Childs Road and Centenary Drive.

Traffic lights will be installed at Rivergum Drive to reduce delays and improve access for local residents.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôre investing in the local roads that people in Melbourne‚Äôs north rely on every day. Whether it‚Äôs Plenty Road, Yan Yean Road, O‚ÄôHerns Road or the M80 Ring Road, we‚Äôre building the roads these growing communities need,‚ÄĚ Mr Donnellan said.

Plenty Road is a key arterial route through some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and links the communities of Whittlesea, Doreen and Mernda to Melbourne.

This important upgrade work will slash congestion, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak, and improve access to local jobs, schools, shops and parklands.

Traffic management will be in place during the works including lane changes and some reduced speed limits. Detours will be in place for cyclists.

Work on the first stage of the upgrade are expected to be completed by early 2019 with further planning currently underway on stage two between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road.

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