Mordialloc Freeway ready for summer
Summer holiday road users will get to their seaside destinations sooner and safer with the new Mordialloc Freeway to be completed well ahead of schedule and open in time for summer holidays.
The new freeway is 90 per cent complete with only about 75,000 hours of major works to go until the official opening at the end of spring.
The Mordialloc Freeway will save motorists more than seven minutes in the morning peak and 10 minutes in the evening between Dingley Bypass and Springvale Road.
Six freeway bridges have been built over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong, Old Dandenong, Centre Dandenong Roads and the Waterways wetlands.
All 252 beams for the new freeway were manufactured locally in Victoria, helping to boost the 50,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing and supply being created by Victoria’s Big Build.
A workforce of more than 400 has been employed on the project since construction began in 2019, recording more than 1 million hours of work, including the laying of more than 55,000 tonnes of asphalt.
The Mordialloc Freeway is a standout example of sustainable materials in action, with the project using around 800,000 tonnes of recycled and reused materials.
This includes the world’s first recycled plastic noise walls, which have bolstered the project’s reputation as Australia’s greenest freeway.
Almost 10,000 noise wall panels were made with 570 tonnes of plastic waste. Half of this is hard plastics from kerbside recycling, such as milk and shampoo bottles, and the other is soft plastics like food packaging.
Recycled plastic was also used in drainage pipes and to reinforce concrete on shared walking and cycling paths. The project includes recycled glass in asphalt, recycled concrete in road base, reclaimed asphalt pavement and landscaping mulch made of pine pallets.
Finishing touches will see about 15 kilometres of safety barriers added, while shared walking and cycling paths will be more than 8km in length and at least three metres wide.