Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 in Clayton Update

Construction on the $74.6 million Dingley Arterial, which will provide motorists in Melbourne’s south-east with safer and easier travel, is one step closer this week with the tender for major works now advertised.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas made the tender announcement today and said construction of the 3.5 kilometre four-lane divided road was expected to start later this year.

“The Brumby Labor Government is building a better transport system, so people can spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends,” Mr Pallas said.

“The Dingley Arterial, which will run between Springvale Road and Perry Road in Keysborough, is the next stage in developing a continuous 19 kilometre link between Warrigal Road, Moorabbin and the South Gippsland Freeway at Dandenong South.

“This vital road link was identified as a priority project in the Victorian Transport Plan to improve east-west transport connections and take pressure off Cheltenham Road and Springvale Road.

“It also includes a new walking and cycling path to connect with the popular shared path along Westall Road and the EastLink Trail.”

Member for Lyndhurst Tim Holding said the successful contractor would further develop the initial plan, taking account of improvements identified in the past year as a result of community feedback and following detailed design investigations.

“As a result of community feedback, improvements including an overpass of Cheltenham Road will now be provided in place of the originally proposed intersection,” Mr Holding said.

“The road alignment has been shifted as far south as possible within the long-standing road reservation to minimise impacts on existing vegetation, and to provide an extra buffer between the new road and peoples’ homes.

“We’ve also included noise walls at some locations that were not in the original plan.”

Member for Mordialloc Janice Munt said the Government had consulted with the community and the City of Greater Dandenong to help identify practical improvements that would bring even greater benefits to people living and working in the area.

“With the contract for this important project now out to tender, we have reached a significant milestone and are now one step closer to building this much-needed connection for drivers in the south-east,” Ms Munt said.

Scheduled for completion in 2013, the Dingley Arterial will complete the missing link between Westall Road and the Dandenong Bypass, helping to ease congestion and improve transport links to support jobs and growth now and into the future.

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