VICTORIAN Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan last week announced that DECMIL has won the contract for the first stage of the $139.4 million Plenty Road upgrade, with major works set to start within weeks.
The first stage, between McKimmies Road and Bush Boulevard, will see an extra lane added in each direction to boost capacity, as well as the installation of new safety barriers and on-road cycling lanes.
Five major intersections will be upgraded, including the intersections at Childs Road and Centenary Drive. Traffic lights will be installed at Rivergum Drive to reduce delays and improve access for local residents.
Major works will begin in the coming weeks once early works are complete, including the design relocation of essential services such as telephone, water and electricity.
Plenty Road is a key arterial route through some of Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs and links the communities of Whittlesea, Doreen and Mernda to Melbourne. The upgrade aims to reduce congestion, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak, and improve access to employment and services.
Work on the first stage of the upgrade are expected to be completed by early 2019, with further planning currently under way on stage two between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road.