$2.2bn investment to upgrade suburban Melbourne's arterial roads

Monica Gameng   |   April 29, 2018

Suburbs across Melbourne will be getting less congested and more reliable arterial roads with the Victorian Budget 2018/19's $2.2 billion investment in the Suburban Roads Upgrade package, which will upgrade 13 arterial roads in the northern and south-eastern suburbs.

“This is the single biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history, to fix local roads and get people home sooner,” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.

This multi-billion dollar package of works is in addition to last year’s budget investment of $1.8 billion for the Western Roads Upgrade.

Up to $1 billion from the budget will be spent to widen and improve safety on roads in the northern suburbs - including Sunbury Road, Craigieburn Road, Epping Road and Childs Road.

Stage two of the Yan Yean Road duplication will also be delivered under the Northern Roads Upgrade, which will also involve upgrading Bridge Inn Road in Doreen.

The South Eastern Roads Upgrade package of works will be delivering massive road improvements that will support the growing community in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Roads to be upgraded will include Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pakenham, Lathams Road in Carrum Downs, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road in Cranbourne and Pound Road West in Dandenong South.

“This will slash travel times, improve connections between our fastest growing communities and give local roads back to local residents,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

The Major Road Projects Authority - a dedicated authority established by the Victorian Government to deliver the more than $14.9 billion pipeline of major roads projects - will be overseeing the delivery of the Suburban Roads Upgrade package of works over a five-year period.

Below is a list of projects included in the Suburban Roads Upgrade.

Northern Roads Upgrade:

  • Duplicate Craigieburn Road between Mickleham Road and Hume Highway in Craigieburn
  • Widening Sunbury Road from two lanes to four lanes between Powlett Street and Bulla-Diggers Rest Road in Sunbury
  • Duplicating Bridge Inn Road between Plenty Road and Yan Yean Road, and Yan Yean Road between Kurrak Road and Bridge Inn Road in Doreen
  • Duplicating Epping Road from two to four lanes between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue
  • Upgrading three intersections at Main Road, Porter Street and Foote Street on Fitzsimons Lane in Eltham
  • Duplicating Childs Road in Mill Park from Beaumont Crescent to Prince of Wales Avenue

South Eastern Roads Upgrade:

  • Duplicating Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pakenham from two to four lanes between Princes Freeway and Manks Road
  • Duplicating Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road in Cranbourne from two to four lanes between Thompsons Road and South Gippsland Highway
  • Duplicating Lathams Road in Seaford from two to four lanes between Oliphant Way and Dandenong-Frankston Road, including a new bridge over Peninsula Link
  • Widening Pound Road West/Remington Drive in Dandenong South from two to four lanes between Abbotts Road and South Gippsland Highway, with a new bridge over the Cranbourne rail line
  • Duplicating Hallam North Road from two to four lanes between Heatherton Road and James Cook Drive
  • Intersection and road safety upgrades on Golf Links Road from Peninsula Link to Baxter-Tooradin Road and Grant Road from Baxter-Tooradin Road to Frankston-Flinders Road in Langwarrin South
  • Upgrading two intersections with traffic lights on Thompsons Road in Cranbourne

Western Roads Upgrade from the 2017/18 State Budget:

  • Widening Dunnings Road from two to four lanes and Palmers Road between Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway from two to six lanes in Point Cook
  • Widening Palmers Road between Princes Freeway to Western Freeway from two to four lanes in Truganina
  • Duplicating Derrimut Road between Sayers Road and Dohertys Road from two to four lanes in Tarneit
  • Widening Leakes Road between Fitzgerald Road and Derrimut Road from two to four lanes in Truganina
  • Duplicating Dohertys Road between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve parade from two to four lanes in Laverton North
  • Widening Dohertys Road between Foundation Road and Palmers Road from two to four lanes in Truganina
  • Widening the Forsyth Road/Princes Freeway interchange in Hoppers Crossing
  • Rebuilding the bridge and adding new entry and exit ramps at the Duncans Road/Princes Freeway interchange in Werribee South

Watch this space for the latest industry news and project updates by subscribing to Felix Project News today.

Source: Premier of Victoria

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
Follow me:

Related Articles

Shortlisted builders announced for VIC's $2.2bn Suburban Roads Upgrade

Motorists in Melbourne’s northern and south eastern suburbs are one step closer to experiencing safer and less congested travels along arterial roads, with the announcement of three shortlisted builders to deliver the Victorian Government’s $2.2 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade.

Civilex contracted to deliver works on VIC's $1.8bn Western Roads Upgrade

Project design and construction lead WBHO Infrastructure - in behalf of the Netflow Western Roads Upgrade consortium - has contracted Civilex to deliver works on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade that will improve eight key arterial rods in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Works underway on $4bn Suburban Roads Upgrade in VIC

Work has commenced on the Victorian Government’s largest ever investment to upgrade Melbourne’s arterial road network - the $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade - that will improve congestion and travel times delivered through 22 key road projects.

Get the latest project news

Formerly known as the PlantMiner blog, Felix Project News is Australia's top 10 Construction blog. Join thousands of construction and mining pros getting the best content right in their inbox.
  • updates on Australia's pipeline of state and federal projects
  • fresh contract awards from major contractors and builders

If you're looking to contact us about other matters, please contact us.