M80 Ring Road upgrade

We’re completing a $2.25 billion upgrade of the M80 Ring Road from the Princes Freeway to Greensborough Highway.

Summer works on the M80 Ring Road

What works are happening on the M80 over summer?

There will be major closures on the M80 Ring Road in January:

  • The M80 Ring Road will be closed in the Greensborough-bound direction between the Calder Freeway and Sunshine Avenue from 9pm on Friday 12 January to 5am Monday 15 January.
  • The M80 Ring Road will be closed in the Altona-bound direction between Sunshine Avenue and the Calder Freeway from 9pm on Friday 19 January to 5am Monday 22 January 2018.
During these closures, we’ll be replacing the existing bridge expansion joints, which is a key design component of the wider EJ Whitten bridge.

What will be the impact on traffic during the works?

Signed detours will be in place to divert traffic via Sunshine Avenue, Green Gully Road and the Calder Freeway.

To minimise disruption to drivers, we have scheduled the works so that only one direction of the M80 Ring Road is closed on each occasion and we’re keeping lanes open to traffic as long as possible.

What delays can be expected?

Drivers should plan their journey ahead and allow up to an extra 75 minutes travel time, particularly if travelling through the area during the first hour of each freeway closure.

We are adding more lanes, improving interchanges and connections, and installing a new freeway management system. This will make your journey more reliable and safer.

We expect to complete this project by late 2021. 

Current traffic disruptions

Princes Freeway/M80 Ring Road interchange

  • 13 January 2018
  • 20-21 January 2018

Speed limits will be reduced and temporary lane closures may take place. Delays are expected.

Concrete safety barriers will be in place until January 2018 when service relocation works in the area have concluded. 

EJ Whitten Bridge oversize and overmass (OSOM) vehicle restrictions

Current until 31 December 2017.
There is a detour around EJ Whitten Bridge for heavy vehicles.

For more information about other heavy vehicle categories, visit the Heavy vehicle network maps in Victoria page

Temporary changes to the M80 Ring Road shared use path at Kealba

Current until 31 December 2017.
The detour will add 300 metres to your journey.

To subscribe to M80 Ring Road Upgrade traffic email updates, email [email protected]

About the project 

Image of M80 Ring Road upgrade project overview map
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The project is increasing the freeway’s capacity and improving safety. This will mean less congestion for you and more reliable travel times.

We are also installing a new freeway management system to help us better manage the road. You can expect to see:

  • overhead speed limit and lane use signs
  • traffic signals on ramps to control the flow of traffic onto the freeway 
  • variable message signs to let you know what's happening on the road ahead
  • CCTV cameras to enable us to track traffic and incidents

We have divided the project into seven sections.

 

Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway (in progress)

We are currently upgrading this section of the M80 Ring Road. Once completed, you’ll see:

  • four lanes in each direction between Sunshine Avenue and EJ Whitten Bridge
  • five lanes in each direction across the EJ Whitten Bridge through to the Calder Freeway
  • an upgraded shared use path and public safety barriers on the EJ Whitten BridgeWe expect to complete construction by late 2018.

We've created a safe work zone on the EJ Whitten Bridge. You'll see safety barriers, yellow line marking and reduced speed limits.

View the EJ Whitten Bridge crane animation video (External link)

Princes Freeway to the Western Highway (start early 2018)

This 7.9 kilometre upgrade will include:

  • widening the road from three lanes to four lanes in each direction
  • widening and lengthening of entry and exit ramps to reduce merging times
  • upgrading the interchange at Boundary Road and Fitzgerald Road.
  • upgrading the Princes Freeway and M80 Ring Road interchange to provide new ramps. 

The upgrades will:

  • improve access to the M80 Ring Road for freight from Laverton North
  • better connect the M80 with major freeways and the future West Gate Tunnel 

We have requested Expressions of interest for this section. We expect construction to begin in early 2018.

You'll find further information on M80 Ring Road upgrade: Princes Freeway to Western Highway

Plenty Road to the Greensborough Highway (start early 2019)

This 2.4 kilometre upgrade will include:

  • widening the road from two lanes to three lanes in each direction 
  • building a new overpass onto the M80 Ring Road from the Greensborough Highway
  • improvements to the Greensborough Highway interchange

We expect to start work on this section by early 2019. 

Sydney Road to Edgars Road (start early 2019)

This 4 kilometre upgrade will include:

  • adding a new lane in each direction
  • widening and lengthening  entry and exit ramps to reduce merging times
  • new separate carriageways to remove dangerous weaving

We expect to start work on this section by early 2019.

 

Completed sections

Calder Freeway to Sydney Road (completed May 2013)

The Calder Freeway to Sydney Road section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:

  • at least three lanes in each direction and up to six lanes between some interchanges
  • a new citybound entry ramp onto the Tullamarine Freeway for traffic heading west
  • safety improvements at several ramps
  • a new bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek for Greensborough-bound traffic
  • widening of Sydney Road between north of Camp Road / Mahoneys Road and Anderson Road
  • planting and feature walls to create a new look and feel to the road.

Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue (completed August 2013)

The Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:

  • four lanes each direction, five lanes westbound between Western Highway and Tilburn Road
  • bridge widening and strengthening 
  • resurfacing works to create a safer driving environment

Edgars Road to Plenty Road (completed April 2014)

The Edgars Road to Plenty Road section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade included:

  • three lanes each way plus a fourth lane between interchanges
  • bridge widening and strengthening 
  • resurfacing works to create a safer driving environment
  • planting and feature walls, to create a new look and feel to the road.

Media releases

Media Release - Next Step Towards Finishing The M80 Ring Road

Media Release - Putting People First: Finishing The M80 Ring Road

Media Release - Bottlenecks To Go As Work On M80 Ring Road Begins

Media Release - Fixing Congestion on Melbourne's M80 Ring Road

Contact us

Got a question about any of the works taking place on the M80 Ring Road? Here’s how to contact us:

Email:  [email protected]

Write:  3 Bristol Street, Essendon Fields, VIC 3041

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