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Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013
Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder joined Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Craig Ondarchie to announce that the $21.8 million Plenty Road duplication has reached its final milestone with project completion achieved and two lanes of traffic now available for the community of South Morang.
“Plenty Road is an important north-south road link, connecting inner Melbourne with the growing northern suburbs,” Mr Mulder said.
“Extending the divided road will improve traffic flow and road capacity, reduce travel times and enhance safety for Plenty Road drivers.
“The 2.4 kilometre duplication from Gordons Road to Riverdale Boulevard also includes bicycle lanes and bus priority lanes to improve alternative transport connections in the north,” Mr Mulder said.
“Upgraded intersections at The Lakes Boulevard and Hawkstowe Parade will also provide safety benefits and improve local access to the residential estates.
“The Plenty Road upgrade also allows for future traffic growth with the wide central median able to accommodate a third lane each way if needed in future years,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Ondarchie said local residents would benefit from the increased safety.
“As a local South Morang resident and daily user of Plenty Road, I’m delighted to see the opening of the duplication. It has made the roads safer for local residents, visitors and in particular for parents during school drop-off and pick-up time,” Mr Ondarchie said.
VicRoads Projects Director Andrew Williams said completion of the project was a huge achievement after facing difficult site conditions throughout much of the project.
“We battled persistent wet weather conditions and due to the varying levels of the road, swamp-like conditions set in at some locations,” Mr Williams said.
“The project team remains extremely grateful to the community for their ongoing patience while the works were being completed and I’m very pleased to be able to provide them with a quality duplicated road.”
Mr Williams said drivers should still expect to see some off-peak lane closures in coming months to finish works, such as landscaping.
“There are always finishing touches required at the end of the project but these should have minimal impact on traffic,” Mr Williams said.
“Landscaping will be done in autumn to promote growth and will involve planting isolated areas in the median and some areas on the sides of the road with a mix of ground covers, shrubs and trees.”
Mr Mulder said the community will also be pleased about the recently announced $3 million safety improvement works on Plenty Road between McKimmies Road and Centenary Drive.
“This section of Plenty Road has had a lot of run-off road crashes in the past, and the addition of safety treatments such as wire rope barriers and sealed shoulders will reduce the risk and severity of these accidents,” Mr Mulder said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is serious about road safety and lowering the road toll and these infrastructure improvements will help to achieve this goal.”