The second stage of the $1.4 billion Monash Freeway upgrade has begun, turning the centre median of the corridor into a construction site.
CPB Contractors will build an additional lane in both directions from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road for the project. It will also see an upgrade of Beaconsfield Interchange and an extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick.
Work is already underway on the freeway shoulder to ensure lanes can be kept available during construction, with temporary line marking to begin in the coming weeks.
Barriers are being installed along the freeway, where the upgrade will increase capacity from eight ten lanes between Springvale Road and the East Link.
Once complete, the upgrade is expected to save commuters as much as one hour and forty minutes per week in peak hour trips between Malvern and Pakenham.
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Construction follows an additional $367.5 million of funding committed in September by the Federal and Victorian State Governments.
The Monash Freeway upgrade is expected to be complete in 2022.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said keeping freight and commuters moving during construction was a priority throughout construction.
“The freeway will remain open during peak periods, and we’ll schedule any major lane closures outside of busy times,” Allan said.