Airport Drive Extension & Steele Creek North Project
New Airport Drive now open!
· 3.3 kilometre extension of the existing Airport Drive between Sharps Road and Mercer Drive
· Melrose Drive renamed Airport Drive between Mercer Drive and Centre Road
· New road, Watson Drive, links Melrose Drive to the new Airport Drive
· Link Road re-aligned
Construction period: July 2013-June 2015
Project value: $100M
Melbourne Airport has opened a new road that provides a second major entry to the airport.
Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports The Honourable Luke Donellan MP officially opened the new Airport Drive on Sunday 28 June ahead of final preparations for the public to gain direct access to the airport from the M80 Ring Road.
The new road is a 3.3 kilometre extension of the existing Airport Drive, built between Sharps Road and Mercer Drive.
Melbourne Airport CEO Mr Chris Woodruff said the new direct access would save significant time for passengers and visitors traveling to the airport from the west.
Construction of the four lane divided road has been achieved by the work of nearly 900 people over the past 12 months. Together, they worked in excess of 500,000 labour hours to complete the project on time and on budget.
The new Airport Drive has been designed with provisions to expand to six lanes at a later time, and to accommodate a rail link.
Enhancements to Steele Creek North
As part of the new Airport Drive project, environmental enhancements have also been made to nearby Steele Creek north.
This includes a 5 million litre stormwater system with a 100,000m2 retarding basin, along with a second smaller basin, to manage the quality and quantity of water entering the system.
The water system consists of low level sloping land along Airport Drive, Sky Road and Link Rd. Grassed earth mounds run along Airport Drive to act as a noise barrier, and an area of 335,000m2 has been landscaped to improve the visual amenity of the area. This included planting 867 new trees, bringing the total number of plants to 200,000.
A number of other construction works have been completed as part of the new Airport Drive project, which is valued at $100M.
Among them is 6.5 kilometre of shared pedestrian and bike path installed along the new Airport Drive.
Melrose Drive has been turned into a cul-de-sac 400 metres from the intersection of the new Watson Drive.
In addition, Melrose Drive between Mercer Drive and Centre Road has been renamed Airport Drive to provide one continuous road from the M80 Ring Road to Centre Road.
For safety reasons, Link Road has been re-aligned to form an intersection with Airport Drive and Watson Drive.
Melbourne Airport would like to thank nearby residents and local businesses for their patience during the construction of this important project.
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