Several key metropolitan road projects funded in the Budget have been called for by RACV, including the M80 Ring Road upgrade ($700 million), the Mordialloc Bypass ($300 million), and the Yan Yean Road upgrade ($96.6 million).
The North East Link, which would complete the Metropolitan Ring Road, was allocated $100 million of Budget funds for planning and pre-construction. It has long been RACV’s top road project because of its ability to reduce significant congestion in Melbourne’s north and east and improve productivity for the freight industry.
Other metropolitan road projects to be funded from this State Budget, include:
- Improving capacity at Springvale Road/Governor Road intersection in Keysborough and Eastern Freeway/Bulleen Road/Thompsons Road, Bulleen
- Provision for future roads packages in the northern and south-eastern suburbs, complementing the Western Suburbs Road Package already announced. This will involve the private sector upgrading a range of roads, and then maintaining them for 20 years.
- $52.9 million for road restoration and road surface replacement, in 2017/18
- $5 million to investigate further upgrades in the Monash Freeway corridor
- Road upgrades at nine locations to address urban congestion. Three are along Canterbury Road and two on Maroondah Highway.
Congested locations like the Top 10 Redspot, Point Cook Road between Sneydes Road and the Princes Freeway at Seabrook, have not been funded.
There are few specific new projects identified in the State Budget, although major new road projects like the Mordialloc Bypass will include off-road paths. The Box Hill to Ringwood Bikeway will be finished this year. The State Government has a $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund from previous budgets, for bicycle-related projects. Cycling tourism is to be investigated in north-east Victoria.
RACV is disappointed there are not additional safe bicycle facilities in the Budget. It looks forward to further announcements regarding proposals.