Work begins on stage two of O’Herns Road Upgrade project in Australia


The state government of Victoria, Australia has announced the start of construction on the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade in Epping, Melbourne.

The project, which is backed by A$103m (£56m) investment by the Australian and Victorian governments, is a part of the state government’s plan to reduce traffic congestion and cut travel times for drivers regularly using the road.

The second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade project involves the construction of a new lane in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise; building new traffic light intersections at Edgars Road, Gateway Boulevard and Koukoura Drive; and constructing a new interchange with direct access to the freeway.

Additionally, the project involves widening of the bridge over the freeway to help improve traffic flow; and adding one new lane in each direction on the Hume Freeway between O’Herns Road and Cooper Street.

The project has secured federal environmental permissions. VEC Civil Engineering serves as the construction contract.

Australia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said that the O’Herns Road Upgrade would transform the way residents move across Melbourne’s north.

McCormack added: “This is all part of the Federal Government’s A$100bn pipeline of infrastructure projects over the next decade to bust congestion and get motorists home to their families sooner and safer.”

The Stage 2 of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is aimed to provide direct access to the Hume Freeway via new on and off-ramps.

It also involves the construction of three traffic light intersections to deliver improved north-south connections between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road.

Victorian Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said: “The new traffic lights at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection has streamlined traffic flow and reduced queuing for the 30,000 drivers who use the intersection every day.”

Being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria, the project is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Image: Work started on second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade project. Photo: courtesy of suwichan pralomram from Pixabay.

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