Mordialloc Freeway

The Mordialloc freeway is a proposed new 9km freeway linking the end of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road to the Dingley Bypass.

By building the Mordialloc Freeway, we’re helping to improve journeys in one of greater Melbourne’s fastest growing areas. The Victorian Government has funded $375 million towards the project.

We recognise that major road projects like this impact the environment and the community. Based on our referral, the Minister for Planning made the decision to carry out an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Mordialloc Freeway.

The EES will consider the potential environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts, and how we’ll manage these.

Once the EES has been finalised, and after planning and environmental approvals, we expect to begin works by mid 2019. The entire project is due to be completed by late 2021.

Project update - May 2018

We’re another step closer to building the Mordialloc Freeway. 

CPB/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and McConnell Dowell/Decmil Joint Venture have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the $375 million project.

The Mordialloc Freeway Community Reference Group (CRG) members have also been appointed. They are:

  • Margaret Hunter
  • Lucinda Bertrum
  • Judith Sise
  • Mark Hardman
  • Scott Fothergill
  • Tim Moran
  • Phil Newman
  • Steve Quenette
  • Paul Cameron 

Thank you to everyone who participated. It wasn’t easy choosing between the many high calibre applications we received.

The Victorian Government has funded $375 million to build the Mordialloc Freeway, which will connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village – creating a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton.

With a shared walking and cycling path built along its entire length and separated away from traffic, the new freeway will also be safer for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Concept design

The new 9km freeway will have a range of features that will help improve traffic flow and travel times, including:

  • new bridges over Springvale Road, Governor Road, Lower Dandenong Road and Centre Dandenong Road, which includes entry and exit ramps at each interchange
  • bridges over Old Dandenong Road and the sensitive waterways area, with traffic lights connecting the freeway to Dingley Bypass
  • the existing interchange at Thames Promenade, Chelsea, with the Mornington Peninsula Freeway will be upgraded to provide on/off ramps in both directions.

Image of an overview map of the Mordialloc Freway  

Select this link or the image to view a larger version of the map

Project benefits

We realise you want shorter travel times, better traffic flow and to feel safer on the road. The new freeway will help ease delays and improve safety in one of outer Melbourne’s fastest growing areas.

This new freeway will also provide:

  • better connections to the Dandenong National Employment and Innovation Cluster and industrial areas in Braeside and Moorabbin
  • improved access to local residential and recreational centres
  • less traffic on Springvale Road, which will improve bus services 
  • a shared walking and cycling path, offering more travel options.

Building the freeway 

After a rigorous expression of interest process, we’ve shortlisted two contractors to build the new Mordialloc Freeway, CPB/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and McConnell Dowell/Decmil Joint Venture. 

The selected contractors have proven experience in building freeways and bridges in highly sensitive areas. They’ve got a wealth of knowledge in delivering innovative designs that ensure the best outcomes for the community and environment.

We expect to announce the preferred contractor in October 2018, with the final contract awarded in May 2019..

It’s important to note that the tendering process won’t begin until we’ve completed all our studies that will go into the EES. 

Carrying out the procurement process alongside the EES process will allow the preferred candidate to:

  • be aware of and consider the EES sensitivities in their construction methods
  • propose innovative ways to minimise disruption to the community and environment for consideration before the final decision of the EES
  • provide expert advice on how the project can be built
  • get a thorough understanding of the community’s key areas of interest before starting construction. 

Environmental planning

We recognise that major projects like the Mordialloc Bypass impact the environment and community, so we’ve referred the project to:

We’re carrying out both assessments as part of the EES, in accordance with the bilateral agreement between the federal and state governments. This will help avoid duplicating the environmental assessment process. The process will roll out as follows:

  1. DELWP will manage the EES process, while an independent inquiry panel appointed by the Minister for Planning will consider all the EES documents and submissions.  
  2. The panel will provide a report of recommendations to the Minster for Planning. 
  3. The Minister will then assess the report and provide recommendations to the relevant state authorities for final decisions on the project.   
  4. Lastly, the Federal Government will then make their decision based on the assessment report prepared by the Victorian Government, which includes the EES outcomes.

View DELWP’s fact sheet for the Mordialloc Bypass EES process. [PDF 1.19 Mb]

View our flow chart to understand more about the EES process. [PDF 99 Kb] 

Technical Reference Group

To provide specialist advice on the EES, a Technical Reference Group (TRG) has been set up. The TRG includes representatives from:

  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • City of Kingston
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Melbourne Water
  • Southern Rural Water
  • Parks Victoria
  • VicRoads

Community Reference Group

The Community Reference Group (CRG) will represent the local community’s interests in the new Mordialloc Freeway. The CRG representatives are:

  • Margaret Hunter
  • Lucinda Bertrum
  • Judith Sise
  • Mark Hardman
  • Scott Fothergill
  • Tim Moran
  • Phil Newman
  • Steve Quenette
  • Paul Cameron 

Whilst the CRG will have no formal decision-making capacity, it will ensure that the local community can: 

  • learn more about the project 
  • provide local perspective and knowledge to encourage discussions with residents, businesses and community and environmental groups.

CRG meetings

Our first meeting is on 17 May 2018, with meetings to be held once every two months. We’ll publish the minutes from each meeting here.
You can find more information in the Community Reference Group Terms of Reference [PDF 391 Kb]

Keeping you updated

In addition to the CRG, we’ll continue to keep you updated on the project through our website, subscriber emails and letters to local residents and businesses. 

You’ll also have many more opportunities to get involved and provide feedback, including via the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, future community pop-up sessions and our social media channels.

Previous community engagement

After talking with the local community, many of you made it clear you want a freeway to improve east-west and north-south connections, reduce delays and provide more reliable travel times.

You made some great points and we listened. To see a summary of the feedback we received from our online engagement in September 2017, check out the Engagement Report [PDF 977 Kb]. 

Contact us

Call:        1800 630 630
Email:     [email protected]
Write:    VicRoads Mordialloc Project Director, 8/168 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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