Work is now underway on the next stage of the M80 Ring Road upgrade, and there will be impacts on the M80 Trail as works proceed over the next three years.
The upgrade works will take place between Sydney Road and Edgars Road, but the main impact on bikes will be between the Hume Freeway and Edgars Road at Thomastown.
In this section on the northern side of the M80, the trail runs close to where new, elevated exit ramps are being constructed.
Workers are now on site removing trees adjacent to the path.
Traffic management is in place to ensure the safety of path users, and riders should be alert to the changed conditions and follow signage and instructions.
Vehicles may at some times be operating on the path.
As work gathers intensity, formal trail detours will be put into operation.
Further details regarding the detours will be forthcoming at that time.
The $518M project will:
- upgrade the cycling and pedestrian bridge where the trail crosses from the north to the south side of the M80
- add new lanes in each direction between Sydney Road and Edgars Road
- install a smart freeway lane management system to better manage traffic flow
- extend the Sydney Road on and off ramps to give drivers more time to merge
- build new on and off ramps at Edgars Road to improve safety
- improve access from the Hume Freeway to the M80 Ring Road and Edgars Road
- install ramp-metering technology to manage the flow of traffic onto the freeway
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