THE Victorian Government has taken the next step in the $175 million upgrade of Thompsons Road with the contract for Stage 1 works awarded to BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, and construction to commence by the end of the year.
Stage 1 works will remove the level crossing on the Cranbourne railway line in Lyndhurst with a six lane bridge to be built over the railway line. Marriott Boulevard to the South Gippsland Highway will also be duplicated.
New paths and improved lighting for pedestrians and cyclists will also be constructed, which will improve connection to and from the Merinda Park train station.
The second stage of works will include the duplication of Thompsons Road from Dandenong-Frankston Road to Marriott Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick Cranbourne Road.
Approximately 10 kilometres of new shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be constructed along Thompsons Road, including 8.2 kilometres on the north side, and 1.5 kilometres on the south between Western Port Highway and Evans Road.
The upgrade will include replacing the roundabout at the Western Port Highway with traffic lights to improve traffic flow.
Stage 1 is due to be completed in 2018, with the full project to be completed before mid-2019.