New lanes to reduce congestion on Melbourne highway

With the opening of an extra lane in both directions on the Sunshine Avenue to Ballarat Road section of the M80 Ring Road in Melbourne, a serious bottleneck causing regular congestion has been removed from the metropolitan traffic system.

“The extra lane will reduce congestion by improving the flow of traffic for the 140,000 daily users,” said Anthony Albanese, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. “We know that renewing and expanding Melbourne's road and rail infrastructure requires a genuine partnership between all levels of government. That is why in our 2013 budget we committed an additional $525 million to complete the widening of the entire M80 corridor.”

When the modernisation of the ring road is completed there will be four lanes in each direction which the Victorian Government says will mean greater safety and more consistent travel times on one of Melbourne's key highways.

“Installation of the Freeway Management System is underway, including overhead electronic lane signs, variable speed limit signs, CCTV cameras and an upgraded to communications networks and central control systems,” said Terry Mulder, Victorian Minister for Roads. “The new infrastructure will help the management of traffic flow, clearing crashes quickly and providing real-time traffic updates to drivers.”

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