New St Albans traffic lane open

The billion-dollar upgrade of Melbourne’s M80 Ring Road has reached a significant milestone with the opening of one new traffic lane in each direction between Sunshine Avenue and Furlong Road in St Albans.

According to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, the new lanes are part of the upgrade widening key sections of the M80 to at least six lanes. Albanese said the entire project is on track to be completed by mid-2014.

“We recognise the task of renewing and expanding the
Melbourne’s road and rail infrastructure requires a genuine partnership between all three levels of government. That’s why we’ve more than doubled annual federal investment in the state from $89 to $201 per Victorian.

“As well as widening the road, we’re also installing the latest electronic freeway management technology to give VicRoads the tools to better manage traffic flows and ensure we get the most from the investment we’re making.”

Victorian Public Transport and Roads Minister, Terry Mulder, said the new lanes will
be welcomed by the 142,000 motorists and truck drivers that use the M80 every day.

“By installing extra lanes, redesigning key interchanges and making use of the latest technology, we’re rebuilding Melbourne’s second busiest road into a modern piece of road infrastructure able to support the city’s continued growth, not just for the next two years, but for the next two decades,” he said.

The M80 upgrade project is being jointly funded by the Federal ($900 million) and Victorian ($300 million) governments, with the Tilburn Road to Furlong Road section to be completed next year and the Edgars Road to Plenty Road section in 2014.

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