13 August 2019
Construction began last week on a missing link road connection Melbourne’s north has waited three years for.
The 1km Edgars Rd extension to be built by private developer MAB Corporation will connect Coopers Rd and O’Herns Rd in Epping, helping to spread traffic and slash commute times.
Joining a wider upgrade to the precinct that will also see O’Herns Rd duplicated to the Hume Highway, the Edgars Rd extension has been described as a “missing link” by local authorities and industry.
“It has been a missing link for quite some time,” Whittlesea mayor Lawrie Cox said.
Extending the road would help reduce the strain on side streets currently being used as “major thoroughfares”, as well as taking some of the pressure off Miller St and Epping Rd, he added.
“I think there will be a significant amount of traffic removed,” Cr Cox said.
MAB Corporation commercial and industrial general manager Mike Martin said they would begin the extension last Monday and planned to complete it by August 2020.