The $156 million Dingley Bypass, which will provide a new freight route in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, has opened five months ahead of schedule.
Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan has opened the final stage of the 6.4 kilometre Dingley Bypass linking Westall Road in Dingley Village to Warrigal Road in Moorabbin.
The bypass is supporting the rapidly growing industrial and commercial areas in South Eastern Melbourne with a direct freight route linking south Road Moorabbin to the Dandenong industrial and manufacturing zone and Eastlink.
This will also provide alternative access to the M1 and Princes Highway (from Warrigal Road) and Nepean Highway from South Road, to Dandenong and Eastlink.
The Bypass accommodates the rapidly growing industrial and commercial areas in South East Melbourne, while motorists will have safer road conditions with less congestion and better traffic flow.
The Bypass includes three lanes in each direction and will carry approximately 35,000 vehicles each day, with a shared user path for pedestrians and cyclists along the full length with a connection to existing cycle and pedestrian paths in the area.
The new 5.2km bike path extends from the existing path along the South Road Extension, and provides vital links to Victoria’s greater bicycle network, including the Eastlink Trail.
New traffic lights have been installed at the Clarinda, Kingston, Boundary, Tootal and Westall Roads intersections.
Outbound lanes were opened last week in stages to allow traffic to become accustomed to the new surroundings, which includes the permanent closure of Old Dandenong Road.