Locals travelling to and from Melbourne by road during the next week could face delays of up to 20 minutes each way on the Pakenham bypass section of the Princes Freeway because of roadworks.
VicRoads said it would carefully monitor the impact of the works on traffic flows in the area, but warned people to be prepared for delays and to consider alternative routes.
The works include spray sealing which require lane closures in both directions of the Princes Freeway between Cardinia Creek and Koo Wee Rup Rd at Pakenham.
VicRoads said because of the nature of this work, traffic would need to be stopped while bitumen spraying was being undertaken.
The roadworks begin tomorrow and continue until next Tuesday.
VicRoads said the works could not be undertaken at night and were scheduled to take place between 8am and 3pm on the eastbound (outbound) carriageway and between 9.30am and 3.30pm on the westbound (inbound) carriageway.
It is advising drivers to avoid unnecessary travel or consider using the old Princes Highway in the Pakenham area.
The roadworks are weather dependent and may be postponed in the event of extreme conditions.
In a media statement, VicRoads said it was “committed to minimising the impacts on residents, businesses and road users and has scheduled the works for January, due to lower traffic volumes.”
Specific information about these and other roadworks can be found on the VicRoads website
Click on the ‘January roadworks’ banner.