Expressions of Interest has been called by the Victorian Government for the western package of the $1.8 billion Outer Suburban Arterial Roads (OSARs) Program.
"This is one of the biggest ever projects to update suburban arterial roads - and it's going to create jobs, cut travel times and congestion and improve safety," said Premier Daniel Andrews
The OSARs Program combines eight high-priority road upgrade which includes the maintenance of more than 700 kilometres of road that stretches from Werribee to Footscray. The works will ensure that motorists are benefiting from new high-quality roads while the existing network is being maintained.
"For people living in the outer suburbs, access to decent roads can mean the difference between hours stuck in the car or time spent with their family - that's why we're getting on with upgrading these roads out west," said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.
Local residents and commuters in the west will be able to benefit from this major road upgrade and maintenance works because it will help cut travel times as well as improve road safety and efficiently connect communities in the key growth corridors.
"We're building better roads for Victorian families to get them home safer and sooner to their loved ones," Premier Andrews said.
The project will involve a combination of widening and duplication works to western arterial roads including the following:
- Dunnings Road and Palmers Road, from Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway in Point Cook
- Palmers Road, from Princes Freeway to Western Freeway in Truganina
- Derrimut Road, from Sayers Road to Dohertys Road in Tarneit
- Leakes Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road in Truganina
- Dohertys Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade in Laverton North
- Dohertys Road, from Foundation Road to Palmers Road in Truganina
- Princes Freeway/Forsyth Road interchange in Hoppers Crossing
- Duncans Road interchange in Werribee/Werribee South
The package of works will be transforming the outer-western road network by increasing its capacity and improving the roads’ pavement conditions by upgrading intersections, road maintenance and duplicate about 30 kilometres of road.
The local community can provide their feedback and help shape the designs for the upgrades. VicRoads will also be engaging with local councils, planning authorities, freight operators and bus companies for their respective input on the project.
The upgrades on eight high-priority roads will be delivered within five years, with maintenance and rehabilitation works to continue for another 20 years thereafter.
Request for Proposals are expected to be released in early 2017 and construction to commence in 2018.
If you’re interested in submitting feedback for this project, you can do so through VicRoads here.
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Source: Premier of Victoria