Narre Warren - Cranbourne Road Upgrade


Customer: Major Road Projects Victoria

Contract: Design and Construct

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Transport Solutions Australia

Fast Facts

  • Adding additional traffic lanes for approx. 4 km
  • Signalising and upgrading multipe intersections (including removing two roundabouts)
  • Building new shared user path and safety barriers

We’re partnering with Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) to deliver the Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road Upgrade in Melbourne's south eastern growth corridor. 

Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is a key north-south arterial route through the City of Casey in Melbourne's outer south east connecting South Gippsland Highway to the freeway network and Narre Warren. It plays a critical role in the local road network, providing network connectivity for the established areas of Narre Warren, Cranbourne and the fast-growing suburb of Cranbourne East. It also provides a key link between South Gippsland Highway, Princes Highway and the Monash Freeway.   

New traffic lights and walking and cycling paths will improve access and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road which is a major focus in the area. 

The Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road Upgrade (the Project) will duplicate the remaining two-lane, single-carriageway section of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road from two lanes to four / six lanes over four kilometres, extending from Thompsons Road to South Gippsland Highway. The project also includes the duplication of approximately 600 m of Berwick-Cranbourne Road from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Broad Oak Drive.   

The Project includes upgrades to eight intersections, a signalised pedestrian crossing, the installation of road safety barriers and the construction of new shared use paths on both sides of the road. 

The project solution also aims to address the significant truck volumes through Cranbourne's High Street by redirecting vehicles around the Cranbourne Town Centre by encouraging the use of Thompsons Road and a duplicated Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. 

Improving Community Access 

The South Gippsland Highway currently experiences congestion through the Cranbourne Town Centre, with a significant number of heavy vehicles and commuters using this route. This project seeks to make Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road the preferred north-south route by adding extra lanes and reconfiguring the South Gippsland Highway intersection. 

narre-warren-cranbourne-rd.jpegSouth Gippsland Highway, which runs through the centre of Cranbourne, is one of the main traffic routes between Melbourne, South Gippsland and Phillip Island. Consequently, South Gippsland Highway carries significant truck volumes through Cranbourne's High Street, severely impacting local amenity due to congestion, noise impacts, emissions and safety risks for pedestrians and cyclists. The Cranbourne Town Centre Development Plan developed by City of Casey (2011) identified high truck volumes as one of the main issues currently facing the town and a key constraint on the planned re-development of the area as one of Melbourne's Principal Activity Centres. 

There are several major community and educational facilities along Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. Due to the limited pedestrian and cycling paths and safe crossing points currently on Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, visitors to these facilities rely heavily on cars to reach their destinations. This project seeks to improve pedestrian and cycling access to these facilities as well as providing local residents with safe and accessible pedestrian and cycling access around Cranbourne and Cranbourne East. 

The project is the fourth MRPV contract awarded to McConnell Dowell. The others being the Echuca Moama Bridge, the Mordialloc Freeway, and the current Healesville - Koo Wee Rup Road Upgrade

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