Melbourne M80 Ring Road upgrades continue "ahead of schedule"

If you are a fleet manager operating in Melbourne or the wider Victoria area, you will likely be pleased to learn that the M80 Ring Road upgrade is currently ahead of schedule, with two new traffic lanes officially opened last week.

The upgrades are expected to have significant benefits to drivers, by improving traffic flow, cutting commute times and therefore reducing fuel consumption

"The work that’s now underway along this vital commuter and freight route is being delivered as part of federal Labor’s record capital works program, which aims to ease congestion and keep Melbourne moving," said federal infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese on September 28.

Upon completion, the upgrade will have seen the M80 Ring Road significantly widened, while electronic freeway management technology is also being integrated in order to allow VicRoads to better manage traffic flows.

According to Victorian public transport and roads minister Terry Mulder, around 142,000 motorists and truck drivers currently use the M80 every day.

"By installing extra lanes, redesigning key interchanges and making use of the latest technology, we’re rebuilding the M80 Melbourne’s second busiest road into a modern piece of road infrastructure able to support the city’s continued growth, not just for the next two years but for the next two decades," said Mr Mulder.

The M80 upgrade project has been underway in various forms since December 2009, and is expected to be completed by mid-2014.

The project is a joint venture between both the state and federal government, the later having contributed an investment of $900 million as part of the Nation Building Program.

In announcing this latest development, Mr Mulder made sure to take the time to thank drivers for their patience during the project.