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Contracts awarded for Melbourne’s South Road and Narre Warren North Road

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With construction and infrastructure projects re-opening in Melbourne today, the Victorian Government has announced two contract awards, valued at over $100 million combined, for road upgrade projects in Melbourne’s south east.

Symal Group has been appointed to build the Narre Warren North Upgrade, while Negri Contractors has been selected to deliver the South Road Upgrade.

Part of a $3 billion package of suburban and regional road upgrades in Victoria, the projects are expected to create a total of about 600 jobs throughout construction, while improving capacity and creating a better travel experience in Melbourne’s south-east.

The Australian Government and Victorian Government are funding both projects on a 50:50 basis, with each contributing $22.5 million toward the South Road Upgrade project, and $31 million each toward the Narre Warren North Road Upgrade project.

As part of the South Road Upgrade, five intersections will be improved between the Nepean Highway and Warrigal Road, to deliver safer and more reliable travel times for 40,000 drivers each day.

A new citybound right turn lane will be built to improve access to Nepean Highway along with a new right turning lane at the East Boundary Road intersection to relieve bottlenecks and reduce congestion.

The Narre Warren North Road upgrade will include increasing the number of lanes from two to four between Fox and Belgrave-Hallam roads, along with upgrades to the Heatherton Road, Ernst Wanke Road and Memorial Drive intersections to help improve safety and improve traffic flow.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the upgrades would help commuters get home sooner and safer.

“These projects are some of many critical infrastructure projects to receive funding from the Morrison Government as part of its record $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia’s economic recovery,” Minister Fletcher said.

Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the upgrades would ease congestion in Melbourne’s south east.

“These upgrades will make driving easier and safer for thousands of Victorians who use these roads every single day,” Ms Allan said.

Construction is underway and progressing well on the nearby Lathams Road and Hallam North Road. In the city’s north, upgrades to Fitzsimons Lane, Childs Road and Craigieburn Road are underway. These upgrades form part of the broader Suburban Roads Upgrade – South Eastern Roads and Northern Roads project and will support more than 4,500 direct Victorian jobs and a further 11,000 indirect jobs.

This record investment into Melbourne’s suburban road network will build on the successful Western Roads Upgrade which has delivered smoother, safer and more reliable journeys in the west.

Pound Road West and Frankston Dandenong Bridge upgrades are also in the early stages of construction. Delivering a new bridge over Cranbourne rail line, the project will provide a second connection between Abbotts Road and South Gippsland Highway in Dandenong.

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