The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the notorious South Gippsland Highway intersection at Hallam Road, paving the way for Evans Road to be reopened in its entirety, 11 years after its closure.

Due to major safety concerns around increasing traffic volumes, Evans Road was closed at the level crossing in 2005, limiting the number of vehicles entering the South Gippsland Highway.

A memorandum of understanding between the City of Casey and VicRoads has meant the road has remained closed until the major intersection is upgraded with signals to better control traffic.

A $40 million investment announced in last month’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 will move to fix this hazard.

The project will see a significant upgrade to the intersection of Hallam Road, Evans Road and the South Gippsland Highway as part of the 1.2 kilometre duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway.

This will mean the Hallam Road duplication will extend from Pound Road through to the South Gippsland Highway, following the upgrade of a 2. 5 kilometre section of Hallam Road through Hampton Park completed in late 2014.

Re-opening Evans Road will remove the disconnect between the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook and will address strong community demand for safe north-south travel.

The widening of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway will address its dangerous past, with 22 crashes recorded in the past five years, including 13 crashes at the intersection.

As part of the works, a new path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be built on the east side of Hallam Road.

In addition, as part of a $10 million outer suburban arterial roads package announced in the Budget, planning will soon start to deliver a business case for the future duplication of Hallam Road, from the Princes Highway to Pound Road.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan

“We look forward to working with the local council and VicRoads to reopen Evans Road.”

“This upgrade will reduce the risk and severity of crashes along this important corridor and support local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“This upgrade will reconnect people, improve safety and reduce the grid lock along the southern section of Hallam Road and the South Gippsland Highway intersection.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera

“Evans Road has been closed since 2005. Fixing this intersection and connecting the communities of Lynbrook and Lyndhurst is a win for all local residents.”