New lanes open

Two new lanes have opened on O'Herns Road. (Supplied)

Michaela Meade

New lanes have been opened on O’Herns Road between the Hume Freeway and Manor House Drive, as part of stage two of the O’Herns Road upgrade.

According to Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), the majority of pavement works are complete and one new eastbound lane is open each way.

The authority said that works are continuing on westbound lanes.

Major Road Projects Victoria said this arrangement will stand until mid-2021, when the entire project is set to be completed.

Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny said the upgrade is “incredibly important” to the community.

“I’m thrilled to see these new lanes open and to watch the project come to life,” Ms Halfpenny said.

She said the update to O’Herns Road demonstrates the strength of the community.

“This project is a great example of residents and government working together to deliver vital road infrastructure to cut congestion in our growing suburbs.”

When completed, the upgrades will bring improvements to traffic times and lower congestion for the surrounding communities.

“This area of Melbourne is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country and this upgrade will mean residents spend less time stuck in traffic and more time doing the things they love,” Ms Halfpenny said.

The upgrade’s second stage includes three new signalised intersections along O’Herns Road, a diamond interchange that will provide direct access to the Hume Freeway, and an additional new lane in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise.