Gippsland motorists thinking of traveling past the Sand Road intersection will be diverted to a temporary route, while construction continues on a new traffic interchange.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said a traffic switch will allow a new bridge to be built over the freeway, giving motorists much safer and more efficient access to nearby townships and service centres.
“Traffic has now been switched onto a temporary route which will allow work to start on the bridge over the freeway”, Mr Broadbent said.
“From the start of this week, there will be changes to how the intersection operates, and we need road users to be extra cautious, lower their speeds and follow the directions of signs and traffic controllers.”
Vic Roads’ $31.2 million project will separate local Sand Road traffic and fast-moving Princes Freeway traffic to improve safety for all road users and attempt to provide more reliable journeys.
From the start of next month, the existing Sand Road intersection will be closed entirely.
Drivers will be able to access Sand Road via two temporary intersections, one of each side of the current intersection on the Princes Freeway.
Both the Australian Government and the Victorian Government have funded the project ($22.5 million and $8.7 million respectively).
Princes Freeway East Sand Road Interchange in Longwarry will be complete by the end of next year.