The Victorian Government has released the shortlist of contractors to deliver the $711 million second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade, which will add up to 36 kilometres of new lanes on the arterial route.
Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will deliver an extra lane outbound between Warrigal Road and EastLink, an additional inbound lane from EastLink to Springvale Road and expand the Monash Freeway from four to six lanes between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.
The upgrade also includes a separated road connection from Jacksons Road to EastLink and a new signalised entry ramp from Police Road onto the freeway.
More links to the freeway will be constructed via an upgraded Beaconsfield Interchange, which will connect to a duplicated and extended O’Shea 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, drivers will spend nine minutes less time stuck in traffic during a peak hour trip from Pakenham to the city,” Mr. Donnellan said.
Victorian Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos said new technology will also be used to enhance safety on the freeway.
“We will be installing smart, on-road technology from the South Gippsland Freeway to the Beaconsfield Interchange, which will give drivers live traffic information and better lane management during incidents to ensure safe and reliable journeys,” Mr. Dimopoulos said.
Construction of the new lanes will start next year, with completion expected in mid-2022.