Next section of M80 Ring Road project underway

Work begins on another section of the M80 Ring Road upgrade to ease congestion on a 6km stretch of road

April 2, 2012

The next section of the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road upgrade is underway in Melbourne to ease congestion on a 6km stretch of road.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder says the latest works in Melbourne’s north are an addition to the 16km of construction already underway between the Western Highway and Sunshine Avenue and from the Calder Freeway to Sydney Road.

"When completed, the improved freeway with extra lanes and better access will help ease congestion and reduce travel times and costs for commuters and road freight industry, with 20,000 trucks currently using the Ring Road each day," Mulder says.

"With works now underway between Edgars Road and Plenty Road, around 60 percent of the Ring Road is now being improved.

"When completed in mid-2014, this section will have three lanes in each direction to significantly reduce congestion and improve safety.

More than 140,000 drivers use the freeway daily, making it Melbourne’s second busiest freeway.

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