Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) has made significant progress rebuilding an 11-kilometre stretch between Kettlewells Road and Lancefield and will return on 7 January, 2019 to complete the final works along this section.
RRV Chief Regional Roads Officer Paul Northey said the progress that has been made in recent months means important safety barrier installation can get underway with much less disruption.
“It was really important for us to get to a point in construction that meant we could get off the road and relieve some of the pain for motorists over this busy holiday period,” he said.
“Rebuilding works have impacted timeframes and while safety works will continue in the new year, the good news is that the biggest disruption of this stage is over and when we return in January, we’ll be able to get in and out as quickly as possible.”
Mr Northey said works in the new year will include side and centreline safety barrier installation, completion of overtaking lanes, line-marking and sealing works.
“I want to thank the community for their ongoing patience during what has been an extensive period of disruption, and we’re committed to minimising this when we’re back on the road finishing the Kettlewells Road to Lancefield section in the new year.”
From today, both lanes of traffic will reopen with reduced speeds of 40km/hr and 60km/hr to protect drivers from narrow shoulders and steep edge drop-offs on the side of the road.
From 7 January, 2019, construction speed limits will remain and there will be contra flow “stop and go” traffic management between Romsey and Lancefield until early in the new year, after which both lanes will be open in each direction.
At the same time, crews will continue widening the northbound lane of Melbourne-Lancefield Road between Monegeetta and Romsey with both lanes of traffic open and reduced safer speed limits in place.
The site will be continually monitored to ensure the road quality and safety is maintained during the ‘tools down’ period.
The Melbourne-Lancefield Road safety upgrade is part of the Towards Zero Action Plan, funded through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and delivered by VicRoads. Towards Zero aims to ensure no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.
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