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Melbourne’s M80 Ring Road upgrade gets underway

By Matt Hurlston

Locals, as well as those looking for real estate in Carnegie will be happy to hear that an upgrade to the infamous bottleneck between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway is set to start in a matter of weeks.

With financial backing from both the Australian and Victoria governments, the $300million M80 Ring Road project is expected to ease congestion as well as create jobs and provide a vital service to the local community.

Upgrading vital Melbourne infrastructure

Previously known as the Metropolitan Ring Road and Western Ring Road, the M80 is used by some 160,000 vehicles each day, making it a crucial part of the city’s infrastructure. However, this high level of traffic has also led to the creation of a bottleneck which frequently sees countless vehicles crawl to a halt at Sunshine Avenue.

“The project will upgrade 3.2 kilometres, resulting in more lanes in each direction, improved interchanges, a better experience for pedestrians and cyclists via a revamped shared user path, and widening, strengthening and safety improvements to the EJ Whitten Bridge,” Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said.

“This upgrade will provide a vital injection of jobs, unlock economic capacity, and better serve our communities now and for decades to come.”

The EJ Whitten Bridge which sees 165,000 vehicles including 22,000 trucks travelling its roads daily is a key part of the project. As part of the upgrade, additional lanes will be added without causing a disruption to current road users.

Are you a current or potential Melbourne resident?

With local residents in mind, VicRoads is installing noise walls to ensure minimum disruption to residents at Glenroy and Gowanbrae who live in the vicinity of the M80 Ring Road. The works are expected to be completed by late 2018.

Whether you’re interested in Glen Huntly real estate, or you’re looking for real estate in Bentleigh, the team at Ray White Carnegie is here to help you find your ideal home. To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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