New flyover ramp on the M80 Ring Road opens to motorists

If you are a fleet manager with vehicles operating out of Victoria, you will likely be pleased to learn that the new flyover ramp on the M80 Ring Road and Tullamarine Freeway has officially opened for traffic.

The ramp, which is part of the ongoing $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade, is expected to improve traffic flow and driver safety for the many local and visiting motorists who use the M80 Ring Road every day.

Victorian minister for roads Terry Mulder says that the upgrade will help support the continued growth and development of the city of Melbourne for many years to come.

"The flyover will improve safety and traffic flow as vehicles enter the M80 Ring Road Altona bound on an additional lane, which reduces the amount of merging and weaving," said Mr Mulder when announcing the opening of the flyover ramp on February 18.

Mr Mulder has however asked that drivers be patient when first using the new infrastructure, so as to avoid the potential for confusion and on road accidents.

Member for the Western Metropolitan Region Andrew Elsbury was also on hand to note that the completion of this and other parts of the M80 Ring Road upgrade is proof that the recent delays and congestion caused by the road works have been worth it. 

"Many people in the Western Metropolitan Region have been dealing with the delays caused by road works on the M80, however as stages such as this flyover are opened they will begin to enjoy a safer and more modern road network," said Mr Elsbury.

The completion of this portion of the project is good news for fleet managers and motorists in the state as it should mean reduced fuel consumption and improved efficiency of travel for drivers using the M80.

Work began on the M80 Ring Road Upgrade in December 2009, and has been completed gradually in order to limit the impact on motorists.