THE Victorian Government last week announced the start of construction on Stage 1 of the Thompsons Road Upgrade in Melbourne's south east, which is being delivered by BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and due to be completed in 2018.
The $175 million upgrade will remove the level crossing on the Cranbourne 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 be constructed, improving the connection to and from the Merinda Park train station.
Stage 2 upgrade works will widen Thompsons Road from Dandenong-Frankston Road to Marriott Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick Cranbourne Road. Shortlisted applicants for this stage of works will be invited to tender in early 2017.
The second stage will also deliver approximately 10 kilometres of new shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians 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 contract for construction for this second stage is expected to be awarded mid-2017, with the whole project completed by mid-2019.