Road upgrades to benefit Melbourne commuters
A billion dollar infrastructure project in Melbourne is making progress, with the opening of a new traffic lane on the M80 Ring Road yesterday (August 1).
Completion of the lane, between Steel Creek and Melrose Drive in Tullamarine, will reduce traffic congestion, benefiting commuters who live in residential property around the area.
At least three new lanes in both directions will be delivered as a part of the massive upgrade of the Calder Freeway to Sydney Road section.
Federal infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese said the vital infrastructure development was integral for renewing and expanding Melbourne's main routes.
He commented: "As well as widening the road, we are also installing a new electronic freeway management system to give VicRoads the tools it needs to better manage traffic flows and ensure that over the longer term we get the most of the significant investment we are now making.
State minister for public transport Terry Mulder said 142,000 drivers would benefit from the major works on one of Melbourne's most frequented freeways.
"The new 1.5 kilometre lane between Melrose Drive and Steele Creek will ease congestion along this stretch of the Ring Road and deliver quicker, safer and less frustrating driving conditions," he explained.