An extra 36 kilometres of new lanes will be added to the Monash Freeway under a joint Australian and Victorian Government plan to help bust congestion for Knox locals.
The Morrison and State Governments have committed an extra $367.5 million towards the Stage 2 Upgrade of the Monash Freeway.
Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge, said the project was a crucial next step in easing the frustration felt by the Knox community.
“These upgrades will make a big difference for commuters in Knox by improving access along the Monash Freeway,” Mr Tudge said.
“It will particularly speed up outgoing traffic due to upgrades between Warrigal Rd and Eastlink.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his Government had prioritised getting people out of traffic and off to work or back home sooner and safer.
“This project is a top-order congestion-busting priority for Melbourne and we’re going to get it done,” the Prime Minister said.
“This project is going to be a significant boost to the local economy which is why we’ve been working closely with Premiers like Daniel Andrews to get this work underway as quickly as possible.”
The second stage of the upgrade will expand the Monash from eight to ten lanes between Springvale Road and EastLink, and from four to six lanes between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.
This will make it easier and safer for Knox locals to access both the Monash and EastLink and significantly reduce travel time for Knox locals that use the freeway by slashing twenty two minutes off a round trip along the route.
New intelligent transport technology will be rolled out along the freeway corridor to improve traffic flow and allow for real-time traffic management when accidents occur.
Construction of the new lanes will start early 2020 and is expected to be completed in late 2022.
This is the final stage of the $1.4 billion Monash Freeway Upgrade, being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria.