Smart on-road technology will be installed from the South Gippsland Freeway to the Beaconsfield Interchange, giving drivers live traffic information and managing lanes to get people to where they need to go safer and sooner.

The upgrade will include 36 kilometres of new lanes and is expected to save drivers an additional nine minutes in travel time, as part of the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.

Early works have kicked off in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

The project will create 600 jobs during construction, with early geotechnical works already underway to review ground conditions between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cardinia Road.

Construction of the new lanes will begin next year, with completion expected in 2022.