THE Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $300 million to build the 9-kilometre Mordialloc Bypass between Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens and the Dingley Bypass, with the road due to open by late 2021.
As part of the Mordialloc Bypass feasibility study published in 2014, it was found that increasing traffic is causing delays and issues in Melbourne's south east, including delayed on-road public transport and impacts on the amenity of the area for local residents.
The bypass will be separated from the busy Springvale Road intersection through the construction of an overpass. Traffic signals will be installed at other intersections to improve safety and traffic flow and a shared cycling and pedestrian path will be constructed along the full length of the bypass.
The new road is expected to improve access to the Dandenong South Employment and Innovation Cluster and industrial areas in Braeside and Moorabbin. Road users will also have improved access to residential, recreation and other activity centres in the area.
The reduced traffic volumes on Springvale Road will improve bus operations, which, together with the provision of a shared pedestrian and cycling path along the Mordialloc Bypass, will provide a more balanced transport network solution for the area.
Construction is expected to commence in mid-2019 following the completion of environmental and planning approvals at Australian and Victorian government levels, preconstruction works and the tender process.