The contract for the second stage of the O’Hern Road Upgrade in Epping, Victoria, has been awarded.
VEC Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract to build new intersections at Edgars Road, Gateway Boulevard and Koukoura Drive with traffic lights.
The upgrade also includes a diamond interchange providing direct access to the Hume Freeway, and a new lane in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the contract award would mean the next stage of the project could get underway as soon as possible.
“This upgrade will improve access to the Hume Freeway and the surrounding northern suburbs, busting congestion in the area, and getting people home sooner and safer.
“This region is also experiencing extraordinary growth and this investment will help freight access overseas and interstate markets through Melbourne.”
The upgrade is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said that the project would improve connections and encourage economic activity and jobs across the region.
“This area of Melbourne is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country and this project is part of the Government’s record investment major infrastructure improvements to better connect communities.
“The O’Herns Road upgrade will help people to get home safer and sooner, create jobs and support businesses right across the region.”
Construction of Stage 2 of the O’Herns Road upgrade is due to commence in August 2019.
Early works are already underway along O’Herns Road and the Hume Freeway in Epping, including geotechnical drilling with the project expected to be complete by mid-2021.