Expressions of Interest called for 7.9km M80 Ring Road upgrade between Princes Fwy and Western Hwy

THE Australian and Victorian governments last week called for Expressions of Interest for the 7.9-kilometre upgrade of the M80 Ring Road between the Princes Freeway and Western Highway, which aims to improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use the road every day.

The upgrade involves widening the M80 Ring Road from three lanes to four lanes in each direction, including widening of the entry and exit ramps along this section.

M80 Ring Road, near Thomastown, Melbourne
Above: M80 Ring Road, near Thomastown, Melbourne / by Indigo Skies Photography.

The Princes Freeway and M80 Ring Road interchange will be upgraded to provide better connections between the Ring Road, Princes Freeway, West Gate Freeway and the future Western Distributor.

The interchanges at Boundary Road and Fitzgerald Road will also be upgraded to provide improved access to the M80 Ring Road for freight travelling to and from Laverton.

To better manage traffic flow, an electronic freeway management system will also be installed with overhead electronic signs to provide real time information for drivers.

This is the latest section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade that when finished will deliver vast improvements along 38 kilometres from the Princes Freeway at Laverton North to the Greensborough Highway, Greensborough.

Construction on this new section is expected to begin in 2018.

Photo: M80 Ring Road, near Thomastown, Melbourne / Indigo Skies Photography / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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