THE final scoping requirements for the Environment Effect Statement (EES) for the Mordialloc Freeway project have been signed off, with the EES to now be prepared by VicRoads in consultation with DELWP and a technical reference group consisting of statutory agencies, departments and local councils.
The EES enables a transparent and rigorous process for the consideration of potential impacts of the project and to ensure they are managed appropriately, including potential environmental, cultural and economic impacts.
The nine-kilometre Mordialloc Freeway will link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village, creating a continuous connection from Frankston.
The four-lane freeway will feature entry and exit ramp interchanges at Springvale Road, Governor Road, Lower Dandenong Road and Centre Dandenong Road.
The new freeway is expected to deliver travel time savings of up to 10 minutes in each direction between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Dingley Bypass, and divert tens of thousands of vehicles from nearby arterial roads.
A new Thames Promenade interchange will also be built, making it easier for drivers to access the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, and a new shared user path will be built along the entire length, offering a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians.
CPB/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and McConnell Dowell/Decmil Joint Venture have been shortlisted to deliver the $375 million project.
VicRoads has already been undertaking a range of technical investigations in preparing for this EES, to assess the potential impacts of the project on biodiversity, groundwater and surface water, air quality and soil, landscape and visual, economic and social impact. This will help inform mitigation strategies in the EES process.
Major construction is expected to start in 2019 and be complete by the end of 2021.