Melbourne west freight route upgrades

Melbourne’s west will face a safety revamp for freight operators

Melbourne west freight route upgrades
Safety works will occur along freight routes in Melbourne's west

The Victorian government says it will invest over $50 million into upgrading roads along key Melbourne west freight routes in its latest budget.

The funding includes $41 million towards delivering road projects in Melbourne’s west to improve traffic flow and allow for freight to pass more efficiently through the region.

A further $15.4 million will go towards updating the South Gippsland Highway/ Clyde Five Ways Road intersection and installing traffic lights to allow more safer and quicker travel through the area.

The initial $41 million boost is part of the budget’s $125.7 million Metropolitan Roads Upgrades Program that will help upgrade many Melbourne west critical freight routes.

Safety and crash reduction traffic lights will be introduced at Derrimut Road/ Hopkins Road and Tarneit’s Boundary Road, helping to connect several suburbs near Tarneit and open a major freight route to access the Princes Highway.

Further safety works will also commence in Sunshine North, Melton and Plumpton as part of the western roads upgrade.

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More enhancements will also occur on the South Gippsland Highway, where a realignment job for Fisheries Road intends to free space for an expanded freight route.

The South Gippsland Highway/ Clyde Five Ways project will address an uncontrolled right turn which currently accounts for almost 50 per cent of crashes recorded at the intersection according to the state government.

Along this Melbourne west plan to revolutionise major freight roads, the Victorian government is also planning on upgrading roads in south-eastern suburbs in its latest budget.

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