Melbourne residents to benefit from road improvements
A record spend on roadworks and other key infrastructure projects could help to ease congestion in Melbourne's suburbs - boosting the quality of life for residential property dwellers in the Victorian capital.
As part of the Victorian Coalition government's 2012-13 state budget, some $548 million has been allocated to ease road congestion on key suburban roads.
Funding will support the removal of dangerous level crossings at Rooks Road in Mitchham and Springvale Road in Springvale.
"These level crossings are well known not only for being dangerous, but for holding up traffic for extended periods of time, especially in peak periods," said Victorian roads minister Terry Mulder.
The newly-announced funding also includes a further $1 million to support continuing upgrades on Cardinia Road, as well as an additional $136 million that will support the construction of the Dingley Bypass between Warrigal and Westall Roads.
Melbourne's growing population means that its roads need to prepare for an increase in drivers, he added, particularly in rapidly-expanding areas of the city.
Mulder said: "Melbourne attracts more new residents than any other Australian capital city."
He added: "Investing in our roads is paramount to support the economy and Melbourne's liveability."