O’Herns Road Stage 2 a step closer

7 August, 2019O'Herns Road Upgrade

Stage 2 of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is one step closer, with VEC Civil Engineering being awarded the contract to deliver this important stage of the project.

We can now get moving on the vital second stage which will deliver 3 improved north-south connections between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road, improving traffic flow and slashing travel times for tens of thousands of drivers each day.

The upgrade will also provide safer and more reliable journeys for people in Melbourne’s rapidly growing outer northern suburbs.

The Federal Government recently approved the project’s approach to managing the area’s biodiversity and places of natural significance including possible impacts to the local endangered Golden Sun Moth and vulnerable Growling Grass Frog populations.

The project is being delivered in two stages.

Stage 1 involved the upgrade of the High Street intersection and was completed in early 2019, easing congestion and boosting traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through the area every day.

Stage 2 includes duplicating O’Herns Road between Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, building three new intersections with traffic lights, developing a new interchange at the Hume Freeway and adding extra lanes on the freeway between O’Herns Road and Cooper Street.

Over the past 2 years, we’ve been working with the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy to secure the required environmental approvals to allow work to commence on Stage 2.

Early works and site investigations have already been undertaken along O’Herns Road and the Hume Freeway in Epping, including geotechnical drilling.

Construction on Stage 2 is due to start in August 2019.

For more information see the O’Herns Road project page.

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