17 August 2022
As the O’Shea Road Upgrade nears completion as part of the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2, Major Road Projects Victoria held a community event at Greenfields on 14 August 2022.
Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas, attended the event to say thank you to local residents for their patience and understanding during the O’Shea Road Upgrade.
The event saw around 1,000 attendees brave the poor weather to enjoy the food stalls, catering and family activities on offer with 500 free showbags, 600 free sausages and coffee for everyone.
Community members were able to walk along the freshly laid road, observing first-hand the upgrades set to significantly improve travel times, ease traffic congestion and increase safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
The O’Shea Road Upgrade improves the connections to the Monash Freeway and Princes Freeway via the Beaconsfield interchange and is part of the overall $1.08 billion investment made by the Victorian and Australian governments into Stages 1 and 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.
Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade has added 36km of new lanes on the Monash and Princes Freeways, between, Warrigal Road and Eastlink outbound, Eastlink to Springvale Road inbound and Clyde Road to Cardinia Road, in both directions.
All new and upgraded lanes have benefited the 470,000 motorists who use the Monash Freeway each day and recently 100km speed limits have returned from Warrigal Road, Chadstone to Cardinia Road, Pakenham.
The investment has ensured the installation of smart, on-road technology across the project, including extending the lane-use management system from the South Gippsland Freeway to the upgraded Beaconsfield interchange.
Soon the Big Build will finish up the O’Shea Road Upgrade, delivering three lanes in each direction between Clyde Road and Soldiers Road, the O’Shea Road extension to join the Beaconsfield interchange, and upgrading the Beaconsfield interchange with an added inbound freeway exit-ramp and an outbound freeway entry-ramp.
The conclusion of the upgrade will include finishing building a shared walking and cycling path along O’Shea Road between Clyde Road, Berwick and the Princes Highway, Beaconsfield.
Crews on Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade clocked up over 5 million work hours across the project since works began in 2019. The Upgrade also delivered 600 direct jobs during construction in a major boost to the Victorian economy.
For more information about the Victorian Government’s Big Build visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP:
“This O’Shea Road Upgrade will improve many lives within our community, easing congestion while connecting the South East more easily to the Monash Freeway so people can get to where they’re going more safely and sooner.”
“It is fantastic to see the Andrews Labor Government investing in roads that meet the community’s needs while creating hundreds of jobs.”
“It was great to see so many turn out for Sunday’s family day even with the terrible weather. I would like to thank MRPV for their dedication to the project and all the street stall operators and emergency workers who turned out for a wonderful community day.”
“I especially would like to thank everyone for their patience while O’Shea Road was under construction. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this upgrade each and every day.”