Major construction begins on the Monash

Construction on stage two of the $1.4 billion Monash Freeway upgrade has begun, with the centre median of the corridor to be transformed into a work site.

The project will keep traffic moving on the vital corridor and create 1000 local jobs during construction across the whole project.

Start of construction was bolstered by an extra $367.5 million committed in September by the Federal and Victorian Governments.

The project will add extra lane in either direction from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road and upgrade Beaconsfield Interchange, the extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick, which will facilitate the Minta City development, opening 10,000 new job opportunities.

As well as creating hundreds of local jobs, the project – which is being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria – will improve efficiency for thousands of businesses in the south-east.

Work is already underway on the freeway shoulder to maintain lane availability during construction, and temporary line marking will begin in the coming weeks.

Barriers are being installed along the freeway, which will be expanded from eight to ten lanes between Springvale Road and EastLink – with an extra outbound lane built between Warrigal Road and Springvale Road. The freeway will also be expanded from four to six lanes between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.

Smart transport technology and new overhead gantries will be installed on the Monash, giving motorists live traffic information and better lane management during incidents to keep traffic flowing.

The $1.4 billion Monash Freeway upgrade is expected to be complete in 2022. The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, with the Australian Government committing $683.8 million and the Victorian Government committing the remainder.