Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade is now complete.
With all works complete, speed limits on the Monash have returned to 100km per hour, with drivers already experiencing travel time savings of more than seven minutes.
Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade has seen:
- 1.5 million hours worked
- 74 huge steel gantries installed for overhead electronic signage
- 200,000 tonnes of asphalt installed
- 2,000 permanent concrete barriers installed
- 8 bridges widened to carry new lanes.
New lanes opened between EastLink and Clyde Road in May, two months ahead of schedule, making way for an extra 2,000 vehicles per hour.
Overhead electronic signage was switched on in June, including variable speed limit signs. This technology allows the remote management of lanes to keep traffic moving more effectively.
Nine new freeway ramp signals are also now operating, managing traffic flow to and from the freeway.
Construction on the next stage of the project will start in late-2018, adding new lanes between Warrigal Road and EastLink, and between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.