Wyndham resident will spend less time stuck in traffic with a significant investment to reduce congestion and boost safety on Dohertys Road.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $52 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to upgrade Dohertys Road, between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade, Laverton North.

The upgrade will involve duplication of Dohertys Road, increasing the number of lanes two to four,  for more than 3.6 kilometres between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade.

The upgrade will also include a new bridge over the Princes Freeway, two new signalised intersections, three new roundabouts and a 2.3 kilometre pedestrian and bicycle path along the south side of Dohertys Road connecting Federation Trail to Grieve Parade.

The Labor Government has also announced a $10 million package of planning works to upgrade outer suburban arterial roads.

As part of this package, planning will commence on a business case for the Dohertys Road Improvement Stage 2 upgrade from Grieve Parade to Palmers Road.

More than 16,500 cars now travel daily on Dohertys Road with 35 per cent of this traffic heavy trucks.

The increase in traffic has resulted in lengthy delays and road safety problems with large trucks accessing commercial and industrial properties.

The Dohertys Road upgrade will cut travel times and facilitate commercial and industrial activity across Melbourne’s West.

Dohertys Road is a key east-west freight route bounded by two of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities, Wyndham and Melton, and connects to the M80, Princes Freeway and Port of Melbourne.

Planning is expected to begin in mid-2016 with construction to commence by early 2017.

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller

We’re getting on with fixing congestion in Melbourne’s fastest growing communities.”

“The Laverton North industrial precinct is home to more than 480 businesses employing over 30,000 people. This upgrade will mean employees and local residents spend less time stuck in traffic.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“This project will not only improve travel times, it will also reduce the risk and severity of crashes along this important corridor.”

“This is a win for cyclists too, with a new bike path connecting the Federation Trail to Grieve parade.”