VIC road widening

Geotechnical roadworks have begun on Victoria’s Monash Freeway to eventually widen the road

Geotechnical night works have begun on the $400 million Monash Freeway Upgrade in Victoria to provide a safer and more reliable journey for more than 200,000 motorists a day.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan has announced testing of the road’s pavement had started last night and would continue until late February 2016 stretching from Dandenong North to Berwick.

He says the project will cut travel times, improve safety and remove frustrating bottlenecks on the Monash.

"This will mean a more reliable trip to 200,000 drivers a day, with less time stuck in traffic," says Donnellan.

 "If you’re driving late at night on the Monash please observe the roadworks speed limits, watch out for workers and take extra care."

The main work before 2016 will be between the EastLink interchange and the South Gippsland Freeway. Motorists will be affected by some night-time lane closures of a single lane, each side of the freeway.

Localised roadworks will have speed limits apply but traffic flow is not expected to be impacted, with closures to be removed before the morning peak.

Preliminary planning works have also commenced with surveying currently taking place in and off the shoulder of the Freeway at various locations.

The geotechnical and survey works are critical for the technical design of the project.

The freeway will be widened from four to five lanes each way between the EastLink interchange and South Gippsland Highway, and from two to three lanes each way through to Clyde Road in Berwick.

When finished, the project will cut travel times by up to 10 minutes a day and make room for an extra 2000 vehicles during the peak on Australia’s longest stretch of managed motorway.

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