Princes Freeway East & Sand Road Interchange

The Victorian and Australian Governments have committed $31.2 million to fund the construction of a full freeway interchange at Princes Freeway East and Sand Road, Longwarry.

This project will separate 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.

Latest news

December 2016 

Works are progressing well, with the embankments having settled, and the ground around the new interchange bridge stabalised.

The overpass bridge deck is completed, including railings, and works are continuing on building the approach ramps, entry and exit ramps, and the new roundabouts on Sand Road.

Wire rope safety barriers have been installed in the centre median of the Freeway and rehabilitation works on the Service Centre access roads have been completed.

Between 23 December and 9 January, no works will take place on site, but the 80kph speed limit on the freeway will remain in place for safety reasons.

Upcoming works

In 2017, works remaining on the new interchange will include:

  • Completion of the roundabouts on Sand Road and entry and exit ramps
  • Asphalt surfacing and sealing including line markings and installation of signs, on Princes Freeway East and on the entry and exit ramps
  • Street lighting installation
  • Landscaping

Weather depending, we expect the project to be complete and open to the public in March 2017.

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]

Temporary Sand Road intersections map

The existing Sand Road intersection is closed. You can access Sand Road and the adjacent service centres via two new temporary intersections - one on each side of the new Sand Road overpass bridge over Princes Freeway East.

Temporary Sand Road access Arrangements map (smaller version)
If you’re travelling through the area, please take care and be prepared for changed speed limits and traffic conditions.

About the project

The Princes Freeway East and Sand Road intersection will be 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 100km/h speed limit on the Princes Freeway East.

Project benefits

The upgrade of the intersection into a full interchange will:
  • provide safer and easier movement on and off the freeway
  • provide safer travel movements along Sand Road and the Princes Freeway East
  • increase travel efficiency for one of the region’s busiest freight roads
  • boost the local and regional economy
  • improve access to service centre facilities.

Contact us

Email: southeasternprojects@roads.vic.gov.au
Call: (03) 9703 5999
Write:  VicRoads, South Eastern Projects PO Box 2214, Fountain Gate VIC 3805

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