05 May 2022

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $41 million to deliver road projects across Melbourne’s west to improve traffic flow and cater to the rapidly growing community.

As part of the $125.7 million Metropolitan Road Upgrades Program as announced in the 2022/23 Victorian Budget, a number of critical roads in Melbourne’s west will be upgraded.

This includes $18.6 million to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes and delays, with new traffic lights at the intersection of Derrimut Road at Hopkins Road and Boundary Road in Tarneit.

Servicing several surrounding suburbs, Derrimut Road connects locals to schools, shops, and Tarneit Station. With a significant number of industrial sites nearby it is also a major freight route, and a primary arterial for motorists accessing the Princes Highway.

It’s a further boost for motorists who are already benefitting from the duplication of Derrimut Road between Sayers Road and Dohertys Road, with the project adding a lane in each direction and upgrading nine intersections as part of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade.

Along the Melton Highway, $14.9 million will deliver road duplication works between Crown Drive and The Regency intersection in Plumpton, benefitting all road users including pedestrians and cyclists.

This builds on $36.9 million in the November 2020 budget for upgrades to intersections at Melton Highway and Leakes Road in Plumpton, High Street and Coburns Road in Melton, and Norton Drive and High Street in Melton.

In Sunshine North, existing traffic lights will be upgraded at the intersection of McIntyre Road and Phoenix Street to enhance visibility, especially for emergency services accessing nearby Sunshine Fire Station.

The Metropolitan Roads Upgrades Program delivering high priority road projects across Melbourne to build a safe, resilient, and sustainable network and meet demand.

Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“This project will go a long way in addressing safety and congestion issues on this section of Derrimut Road – while also supporting the significant population growth occurring in our developing suburbs.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll

We are delivering an unprecedented level of road projects in Melbourne’s West to ensure we keep up with population growth now and well into the future.”

“This funding will deliver eight high priority road upgrades across our city, to build a safter and more resilient network, create jobs and connect Melburnians to employment, education and the activities they enjoy.”