Thompsons Road Upgrade Project, Melbourne, Australia
The Thompsons Road upgrade is a $175m project in Melbourne, Australia, which includes the removal of a level crossing and an upgrade to the 10.7km road to enhance its capacity and connectivity throughout the region.
Thompsons Road is a major east-west corridor extending from EastLink in Carrum Downs, to Berwick-Cranbourne Road in Clyde North. It is an essential freight and transport route used by approximately 26,000 vehicles a day.
By 2030, the corridor is expected to be used by 55,000 vehicles a day. The Roads Corporation of Victoria (VicRoads) is carrying out the upgrade project in two stages.
Construction started in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019. The project is being entirely funded by the Victorian government.
Thompsons Road upgrade project details
The project involves the construction of additional lanes along the 10.7km route to improve traffic flow and provide a more accessible and reliable journey for passengers. The existing road between Dandenong-Frankston road and South Gippsland Highway is also being widened and a grade-separated interchange at the intersections will be constructed.
Duplication works from Dandenong-Frankston Road to McCormicks Road include the addition of a three-lane carriageway in each direction, upgrades to the intersection at McCormicks Road, and construction of a shared path along the north side of the road.
The road upgrade works from McCormicks Road to Western Port Highway include the addition of a two-lane carriageway in each direction, along with preparatory works for a third lane, upgrades to the intersection at Taylors Road, construction of a shared path on the north side of the road, and construction of a grade-separated interchange at Western Port Highway intersection.
Upgrade works between the Western Port Highway and the South Gippsland Highway include the addition of three lanes in each direction with double right-turn lanes at intersections, enhanced intersections at Lyndhurst Boulevard, Missens Road and Evans Road, and construction of a shared path along the north side of the road.
Thompsons Road upgrade stage one details
Stage one of the project upgrades the Thompsons Road from Marriot Boulevard to the South Gippsland Highway, with the addition of three lanes in each direction. New paths and enhanced lighting on the roads will be added to provide safe travel for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and also improve connection to the Merinda Park train station.
The level crossing on the Cranbourne railway line at Lyndhurst will be removed to overcome ground water challenges in the region. The six-lane bridge, to be built over the railway line, will consist of two separate structures with three lanes each and a shared path.
Stage one construction began in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by late 2018.
Thompsons Road upgrade stage two details
Stage two of the project will add one lane in each direction from Dandenong-Frankston Road to Marriot Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road.
It will also include the replacement of roundabouts at Western Port Highway, McCormicks Road and Evans Road with traffic signals, which will reduce the travel time for passengers during peak hours. Shared paths will also be constructed to improve connectivity to community facilities and public transport hubs.
Stage two construction works are scheduled to start in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2019.
VicRoads contracted BMD to provide design and construction services for stage one of the upgrade project.
Benefits of upgrading the Thompsons Road
The Thompsons Road upgrade is expected to enhance the development of local businesses and the regional economy. The project will also help to reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow and safety conditions on the road.
The improved conditions will allow Thompsons Road to be used for bus routes. The project will provide improved access to activity centres, community facilities, employment opportunities, and schools for local residents.