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Monash Freeway upgrade completed ahead of schedule

25 January 2010

Abigroup, as part of the Monash Alliance, has completed the $204 million upgrade of the Monash Freeway in Melbourne for VicRoads ahead of schedule, under budget and with an unblemished safety record.

The project was completed on 6 December 2009, several weeks ahead of schedule, and involved the upgrade of a 7.5km stretch of the Monash Freeway (M1) between CityLink (west of Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn) and Warrigal Road, Chadstone. 

An additional traffic lane was added on the outside of each carriageway together with a contiguous collector distributor lane on each side of the M1 between Toorak Road and High Street. Works also included the widening of Great Valley Road and the reconstruction of ramps at High Street.

A Freeway Management System, using an electronic signalling system located on bridges and other structures over the M1, was also installed to improve traffic flow and travel time reliability during peak times.

Monash Alliance Manager Peter Lellyett said, “This upgrade has greatly improved the functioning of the Monash Freeway providing motorists with reduced travel times and improved road safety.”

The project, which started in July 2007, required exceptional traffic management as the M1 is one of Melbourne’s busiest roads with 160,000 vehicles per day using the road through the upgraded section.

At the peak of the project around 350 people worked for the Monash Alliance (a partnership between VicRoads, SKM and Abigroup) on the M1 upgrade and there were no Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) over 800,000 person hours. 

Peter said, “Our team has performed extremely well, completing our first major government infrastructure alliance in Victoria ahead of schedule and below budget, with a great quality of workmanship and very satisfied stakeholders.

“We’re particularly proud of our safety record in achieving 800,000 person hours LTI free especially given the challenges of carrying out the work, much of it at night and weekends, while the Freeway continued functioning. The results are a great credit to our team.”

In addition to extensive use of concrete barriers to protect both workers and motorists, many short term works adjacent to live traffic lanes were protected by crash attenuator trucks while maintaining normal freeway speed limits; the first substantial application of this technology on a major road project in Victoria.

Creating a new process and method for this safety innovation was recognised with a VicRoads safety innovation award last year, presented by VicRoads’ CEO in an Alliance function attended also by Abigroup Managing Director David Jurd, and SKM CEO Paul Dougas.

With Monash Alliance now complete, many of the staff and workers will now be moving over to Abigroup’s next big road project in Victoria: the newly won $759m Peninsula Link motorway.

Work being carried out to add an extra lane to the M1

A lot of the work on the M1 had to be carried out at night

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