Early work has begun to upgrade one of Melbourne’s busiest freeways, with geotechnical drilling underway on the Sydney Road to Edgars Road section of the M80 Ring Road.

The $518 million upgrade is the fifth section to be improved as part of the upgrade of the M80 Ring Road.

These upgrades will provide safer and more reliable journeys every day for more than 165,000 cars and 22,000 trucks across the northern and western suburbs.

This project will also enhance connections to major freeways and interstate links including the Hume Freeway, future North East Link, Princes and West Gate freeways and the future West Gate Tunnel.

Geotechnical investigations and inspections of the project site will shape the final designs of the M80 Upgrade. Major construction begins in mid-2020 and is due for completion by early 2023.

New lanes will be added on the four kilometre stretch between Sydney and Edgars roads, and entry and exit ramps will be built to improve safety and remove weaving.

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