Princes Freeway East & Sand Road Interchange

The Sand Road Interchange at the intersection of Princes Freeway East and Sand Road, Longwarry is now complete.

This $31.2 million project, funded by both the Victorian and Australian Governments, has separated local Sand Road traffic and fast-moving Princes Freeway traffic, improving safety for all road users and providing more reliable journeys along this important freight corridor.

Project update - May 2017

The new interchange opened to traffic on February 22, ahead of schedule and under budget. Some of the local community joined us for a walk through and speeches from Federal MPs Darren Chester and Russell Broadbent, and previous councillor and Longwarry & Progress District Association Member, Debbie Brown. Thank you to the grade six students at Longwarry Primary School and members of the Longwarry Progress Association and Baw Baw Shire Council for joining us to celebrate this milestone. 

When you drive through the area, you will see:
  • A bridge over the Princes Freeway East for Sand Road traffic.
  • Two new roundabouts on either side of the freeway.
  • New entry and exit ramps providing better access to service centres, Sand Road and Princes Freeway East.

We hope the community are enjoying the new interchange. Check out how it looks from above.

Remaining works

Some works still remain in the area, including: 
  • Works to activate the lighting
  • Landscaping 

The speed limit was reinstated to 110 km/h in March, following the completion of works on the freeway and ramps. This will improve travel efficiency for all road users in this corridor.

We’re also looking to install two permanent variable messaging signs, one in each direction between the interchange and the Bunyip River. These will share road safety messages, emergency management messages and fire danger ratings, and will be installed in the coming months.

Major Milestone

In late May 2016 we celebrated a major milestone, with the bridge beams for the new freeway overpass lifted into place.

This logistical challenge took place over two nights and involved transporting ten 35 metre beams from Kilmore to Longwarry, and lifting them into position by a 300 tonne crane lift.

The vast beams were transported and lifted during the night to minimise impacts to traffic. Watch how we did it.

View the Sand Road Interchange Information Update - August 2016 [PDF 5.3 Mb]

About the project

The Princes Freeway East and Sand Road intersection has been upgraded to a full freeway interchange including:
  • a bridge overpass across the freeway for Sand Road traffic
  • new freeway entry and exit ramps on both sides of the freeway
  • two roundabouts on Sand Road providing connections to Sand Road, the freeway and the service centres
  • reinstatement of the 110 km/h speed limit on the Princes Freeway East.

Benefits

Local Sand Road traffic can now travel safely over the freeway and not need to give way to fast moving and heavy Princes Freeway traffic.

Traffic wanting to access or exit the freeway can now do this safely via entry and exit ramps, which provide safer and easier movement on and off the freeway, and provide safer movements along Sand Road and Princes Freeway East. 

This upgrade also will help to boost the local and regional economy, increase travel efficiency for one of the region’s busiest freight roads, and improves access to the service centre facilities.

Contact us

Email:  [email protected]
Call:     (03) 9703 5999
Write:  VicRoads, South Eastern Projects PO Box 2214, Fountain Gate VIC 3805

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