Australian construction company BMD Group has secured a contract from the Government of Victoria to upgrade the arterial Hallam Road.

The 1.2km upgrade will include construction of one lane in each direction between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway in Hampton Park.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said: “We’re adding extra lanes along Hallam Road and improving the busy South Gippsland Highway intersection to boost safety and ease congestion for up to 40,000 drivers who travel through here each day.

“Improvements to Hallam Road and key intersection upgrades will better link suburbs across Melbourne’s south-east, and finally reconnect the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook.”

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The upgrade work will help to decrease traffic congestion and enhance safety for drivers.

“Plans include construction of new walking and cycling paths on both sides of the road to provide the community with improved connections to nearby public transport services.”

New traffic lights installed to the busy intersection at South Gippsland Highway will allow drivers to safely turn to and from Hallam Road and Evans Road.

Traffic lights will be added at the SUEZ Hampton Park Resource and Recovery Centre to control trucks entering the site.

BMD will build a dedicated left turning lane to separate turning trucks from cars continuing on Hallam Road.

Following the upgrade, Evans Road can be reopened at the Cranbourne rail line to reconnect the nearby communities of Lynbrook and Lyndhurst.

Plans include construction of new walking and cycling paths on both sides of the road to provide the community with improved connections to nearby public transport services.

The busy Hallam Road / South Gippsland Highway intersection manages more than 40,000 vehicles per day. More than 10,000 vehicles travel along Hallam Road each day.

Major Road Projects Authority is delivering the upgrade. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.