Once complete, the project will help reduce congestion and travel times along the Tullamarine Freeway – one of Melbourne’s busiest road corridors.
The project will be delivered in two sections, with Melbourne Airport to Bulla Road managed by VicRoads and Bulla Road to Power Street managed by Transurban.
The Australian Government has committed $200 million towards the upgrade of Section 1 from Melbourne Airport to Melrose Drive.
Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said in a statement that the project would increase the road’s capacity by up to 30 per cent and support the growth of Melbourne Airport and the rapidly growing northern and north-western suburbs.
“The M2 corridor will be safer and more reliable, with a new freeway management system that will manage traffic flow and reduce crashes,” he said.
“The majority of works will be undertaken at night to minimise the impact on motorists, although we suggest you allow extra travel time when planning your journey.
“To assist with the safety of motorists the speed limit between Bulla Road and Bell Street will be reduced to 80km/hour during the day and lane widths will be adjusted, although the number of existing lanes will remain unchanged during peak periods.”
All construction works are expected to be completed in 2018.