The Andrews Labor Government’s Monash Widening Project has moved to the next phase with three highly experienced construction teams being shortlisted to complete the design and construction of the additional lanes and widening.

The shortlisted companies are CPB Pty Ltd and BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd and John Holland Pty Ltd.

The successful company will be appointed in mid-2016, with construction to commence in late 2016 and completed by the end of 2018.

Almost 45 kilometres of the freeway will be upgraded including widening from four to five lanes each way between the EastLink interchange and the South Gippsland Freeway, and from two to three lanes each way through to Clyde Road in Berwick.

Smart technology involving new and upgraded ramp signals and variable message signs will be installed to help prevent traffic banking up and causing congestion and crashes.

The project will create 400 jobs during construction, cut 10 minutes from peak hour travel and make room for an extra 2,000 vehicles during the peak.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“Many local residents rely upon the Monash to get to and from work each and every day and many contact me about their frustrations when using the freeway,”

“That’s why we’re getting on with delivering this much needed project to ensure local residents spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families,”

“This long overdue project will deliver less traffic, reduced travel times and safer driving conditions for our local community.”