Construction has started on the second stage of the O’Herns Road upgrade.
The $103 million project will connect O’Herns Road with the Hume Freeway, creating better north-south connections between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road.
Extra lanes will be added to O’Herns Road and the freeway. Stage one of the project was completed in February and involved installing traffic lights at the intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street. The project is funded by the state and federal governments.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the upgrade would transform the way residents move across Melbourne’s north.
“We’re widening roads and improving access to the freeway, helping traffic to flow freely,” he said.
The upgrade is being carried out by Major Road Projects Victoria and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
State Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the project would improve connection across the northern suburbs, encouraging economic and jobs growth.
“This project will help people who live and work here get home sooner and safer, while creating new opportunities for local businesses,” she said. “It’s a huge win for the local community who’ll spend less time stuck in traffic.”