M80 Ring Road upgrade

We’re upgrading the M80 Ring Road from Princes Freeway, Laverton North to Greensborough Highway, Greensborough as part of a $2.25 billion project.

Project Update - February 2017

Works are currently underway to upgrade the M80 Ring Road section between Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway.

To create a safe area for our workers and drivers, we have placed safety barriers, temporary yellow line marking and reduced speed limits, including on the EJ Whitten Bridge.

Drivers should obey temporary yellow line marking and pay attention to on-road signs and reduced speed limits during construction work.

Even during major construction, the M80 Ring Road will remain open and the existing number of lanes will be maintained during peak periods.

At times, there will be traffic detours and lane, ramp and road closures required. We'll advertise all detours and closures well in advance so you can plan ahead.

We will schedule major work at night when traffic volumes are at their lowest.

To stay up-to-date with the latest traffic conditions on the M80 Ring Road visit VicTraffic or download the VicTraffic app.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Project background

The M80 Ring Road is used by 165,000 vehicles, including 22,000 trucks, serving our community, industry and our economy, every day.

Three sections of the upgrade have been completed, with works on the Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway section currently in progress.

Planning is underway for the remaining sections, with works set to start mid this year.

Benefits

This upgrade will:

  • ease congestion by providing more lanes in each direction
  • improve safety with better road layout to reduce weaving and merging
  • reduce travel times
  • improve traffic flow, through the installation of a new freeway management system.

About the project

Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway 

Once completed, the upgrade will deliver:

  • a wider freeway from two lanes to four lanes in each direction between Sunshine Avenue and EJ Whitten Bridge
  • a wider overpass from three lanes to five in each direction across the bridge through to the Calder Freeway
  • an upgraded shared use path and public safety barriers on the EJ Whitten Bridge
  • an electronic freeway management system
  • new CCTV cameras to assist with managing and clearing incidents quickly and efficiently.

View the Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway video

Sections in planning

Planning is underway on the remaining three sections of the M80 Ring Road from Laverton to Greensborough. These sections are:

  • Princes Freeway to Western Highway (7.9 kilometres)
  • Sydney Road to Edgars Road (4 kilometres)
  • Plenty Road to the Greensborough Highway (2.4 kilometres)
These upgrades will include:
  • widening the freeway from three to four lanes in each direction from the Princes Freeway to the Western Highway.
  • widening the freeway from two to three lanes from Plenty Road to Greensborough Highway.
  • upgraded interchanges where the M80 Ring Road meets the Princes Freeway and Greensborough Highways to eliminate weaving and improve traffic flow.
  • a new lane from M80 Ring Road to Edgars Road will be built to remove the dangerous weaving that exists with drivers coming off the Craigieburn Bypass.

This upgrade will also see a full integration with the Western Distributor, providing more options for people travelling to and from the west.

Early works on the Princes Freeway to the Western Highway section are expected to start in mid-2017.

Noise walls in Gowanbrae and Glenroy 

We’re installing noise walls along the M80 Ring Road at Glenroy and Gowanbrae.. 

For more information, take a look at the Gowanbrae and Glenroy Noise Wall page.

Media releases

Putting People First: Finishing The M80 Ring Road

Bottlenecks To Go As Work On M80 Ring Road Begins

Fixing Congestion on Melbourne's M80 Ring Road


Calder Freeway to Sydney Road

The Calder Freeway to Sydney Road section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:
  • more lanes to make at least three in each direction and up to six lanes between some interchanges
  • new entry ramp for Tullamarine Freeway city bound traffic heading to M80 Ring Road Altona bound
  • design changes to some existing ramps to improve safety
  • a new bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek for Greensborough bound traffic
  • widening Sydney Road between north of Camp Road / Mahoneys Road to Anderson Road, Fawkner
  • traffic lights on entry ramps at Airport Drive, Melrose Drive, Pascoe Vale Road and Sydney Road
  • overhead electronic signs to show speed limits and lane availability
  • electronic on-road message boards
  • planting and feature walls to create a new look and feel to the road.

Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue

The Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:
  • building an additional two lanes in each direction creating four lanes each way and five lanes between Western Highway and Tilburn Road, Altona bound
  • bridge widening and strengthening to carry the additional lanes
  • resurfacing works to create a safer driving environment
  • traffic lights on entry ramps at Western Highway and Furlong Road in both directions
  • traffic lights on entry ramps at Sunshine Avenue Altona bound
  • overhead electronic signs to communicate speed limits and lane availability
  • electronic on-road message boards
  • planting and feature walls, including a solar bank wall.

Edgars Road to Plenty Road

The Edgars Road to Plenty Road section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:
  • building additional lanes in each direction to create three lanes each way plus a fourth lane between interchanges
  • bridge widening and strengthening to carry the additional lanes
  • resurfacing works to create a safer driving environment
  • overhead electronic signs to communicate speed limits and lane availability
  • electronic on-road message boards
  • planting and feature walls, to create a new look and feel to the road.

Contact us

Email:  [email protected]

Write:  VicRoads, M80 Upgrade Project, 3 Bristol Street, Essendon Fields, VIC 3041

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