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 - June 2017 

Temporary changes to the Western Ring Road Shared Use Path at Kealba 

As part of the M80 Ring Road upgrade between Sunshine Avenue and the Calder Freeway, we need to temporarily close part of the Western Ring Road shared use path.
To create a safe work zone while we widen the Sunshine Avenue Greensborough-bound entry ramp, the shared use path will be closed between the EJ Whitten Bridge and Sunshine Avenue from 1 July to December 2017. 

During this time, cyclists and pedestrians will be diverted slightly to the north of the current path location, to a safe pedestrian crossing at the Main Road East intersection.

The following marked detour is an extra 300 metres and is expected to add two minutes travel time for cyclists and five minutes for pedestrians.

Image of the shared path closure detour at Sunshine Avenue

View a larger version of the detour map

Funded sections

State and Federal Governments have each provided $350 million to complete the final three sections of the M80 Ring Road upgrade.

This funding will complete the upgrade and link up the already improved sections, giving drivers and freight from growth areas better access to Melbourne’s freeway network. These sections are:

Princes Freeway to the Western Highway 

This 7.9 kilometre upgrade includes:

  • 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, to improve access to the M80 Ring Road for freight from Laverton North
  • upgrading the Princes Freeway and M80 Ring Road interchange to provide new ramps, reducing weaving and creating better connections between these major freeways, the West Gate Freeway and future West Gate Tunnel

Expressions of interest for this section have been requested and construction is expected to begin in early 2018.

Plenty Road to the Greensborough Highway 

This 2.4 kilometre upgrade includes:

  • widening the road from two lanes to three lanes in each direction 
  • building a new overpass for drivers travelling south on the Greensborough Highway onto the M80 Ring Road 
  • improvements to the Greensborough Highway interchange to provide better connections

Work will start by early 2019.

Sydney Road to Edgars Road 

This 4 kilometre upgrade includes:

  • adding a new lane in each direction
  • widening and lengthening  entry and exit ramps to reduce merging times
  • new separate carriageways to remove the dangerous weaving that currently exists
Work will start in this section by early 2019.

A freeway management system will also be installed in each section to improve traffic flow and safety for motorists. This includes:

  • overhead speed limit and lane use signs
  • ramp signals 
  • variable message signs
  • CCTV cameras

Work on all three sections is expected to be complete by late 2021.

EJ Whitten Bridge Oversize & Overmass (OSOM) vehicle restrictions

As part of the M80 Ring Road upgrade, we need to replace the existing bridge bearing pads.

The following signed detour route is in place until December 2017 to restrict Oversize & Overmass (OSOM) vehicles from using the EJ Whitten Bridge during this work. 

View the detour route [JPEG 93Kb]

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

About the project

Image of M80 Ring Road upgrade project overview map

View a larger version of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade project overview map [JPEG 737Kb]

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.

Whilst works are carried out, the M80 Ring Road will remain open and the existing number of lanes will be maintained during peak periods.

At times detours, lane, ramp and road closures will be required. We'll let you know about this well in advance so you can plan your trip ahead of time.

Major work will also be scheduled 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.

Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway 

Works are underway to upgrade the M80 Ring Road between Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway. Once completed, you’ll see:

  • a wider freeway, with four lanes in each direction between Sunshine Avenue and EJ Whitten Bridge
  • a wider overpass, with 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 Bridge
  • an electronic freeway management system
  • new CCTV cameras to assist with managing and clearing incidents quickly and efficiently
Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Map showing new lanes on M80 from Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway

View a larger version of the Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway [JPEG 497Kb]

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

We ask motorists to follow temporary yellow line marking and pay attention to on-road signs and reduced speed limits during the construction period.

View the EJ Whitten Bridge crane animation video

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.

Noise walls in Gowanbrae and Glenroy 

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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