Melton motorists can rejoice as the opening of the Hume Drive expansion doubles the available lanes on the busy road.

Work has finished on the $4.46 million project, which expanded the road from two-lanes to a four-lanes, between Calder Park Drive, Taylors Hill, and Copperfield Drive, Delahey.

Melton mayor Bob Turner, said the duplication of the busy stretch of road would significantly ease traffic congestion and improve safety in the area.

In addition to the lane duplication the project included new traffic lights at the intersection of Hume Drive and Overton Lea Boulevard as well as upgrades to existing roundabouts, pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and landscaping.

“These works will improve traffic flow for motorists, especially during morning and evening peak hours,” Cr Turner said.

Melton and Brimbank councils jointly funded the improvements as Hume Drive falls within both municipalities, with the municipal boundary at Overton Lea Boulevard. Melton council contributed about $3.54 million.

Council is now working with VicRoads and electricity providers to finalise public lighting and traffic signal upgrades, with everything set to be complete in late December.