M80 Ring Road Upgrade
Within the last few months of completion of the Melbourne M1 upgrade Trafficca started supplying traffic management and control services to the Melbourne M80 Ring Road Upgrade, the Tulla Sydney Alliance section. This section of the Melbourne M80 Freeway covered 10.7km of road between Calder Freeway and Sydney Rd in Victoria.
One of the main objectives with the traffic management was to reduce the impact on road users while maintaining efficient traffic flow. The project required 5,000 traffic management plan drawings, and an average of 300 traffic lane closures per month, enabling works to continue alongside more than 142,000 vehicles per day. Work methods minimised freeway closures and night works, and alternative design solutions were developed to mitigate congestion and safety issues.
The Alliance’s scope included road widening to three lanes in each direction, with a fifth and sixth lane between some interchanges; reconfiguring key interchanges; construction of five new bridges and new entry and exit ramps; widening of 12 bridges; installation of intelligent transport systems; service relocations; and landscaping and urban design. In total, the works required around 576,000m3 of excavation and 268,000m2 of pavement.
The Alliance delivered outstanding results that have led to new standards in VicRoads and Australian road construction projects. Key project outcomes and innovations include:
- Best practice traffic management to reduce delays and deliver incident-free outcomes
- Complex and seamless relocation of all services without incident.
This project highlighted the importance for traffic management truck mounted attenuators and guidelines were implemented and adopted throughout Victoria and into other Melbourne projects.