Traffic congestion costs time and money. It is why tackling it remains one of my top priorities locally. We need roads built, more commuter carparks, and better public transport options.
We have been working on this for some time and a lot of progress has been made. Here is my plan with money secured for them all:
1. Complete Henderson Rd bridge project
The bridge is open, which was a key commitment of mine. It provides another north-south link across Knox, taking pressure off Stud Rd. The next step is upgrading the intersections at each end of Henderson Rd. Traffic lights will soon be turned on at Kellets Rd and slip lanes will be built at FTG Rd.
2. Monash Freeway Upgrade
Stage 1 is already finished and stage 2 is almost complete, adding 36km of new lanes outbound from Warrigal Rd to Eastlink and inbound from Eastlink to Springvale Rd. We added an extra $184m to get it going more quickly. It will be completed this year.
3. Napoleon Rd Duplication and Dorset Rd extension
$130 million of federal funds remains secured with the state government responsible for construction. I am pushing them to start ASAP, with Napoleon Rd forecast to start later this year. Preplanning is already underway.