Motorists taking extra care at Moonee works
By DAVID MOASE
PACIFIC Highway motorists will be forced to slow down during the next six weeks as roadworks go ahead at the intersection of Moonee Beach Road.
The upgrade of the intersection is a key component of the development of the Moonee Beach shopping centre, which is nearing completion.
Retail architect Brian Jende said the work would make a 'pretty ordinary' intersection much safer.
Turning lanes into Moonee Beach will be made longer and be better divided from through traffic on the highway.
The Hoys Road intersection will be closed during the work and then rebuilt north of its present location.
Residents who normally turn from the highway into Hoys Road will need to use Bucca Road.
Motorists have been warned to expect some delays during construction and to observe temporary signs and traffic control directions.
The roadworks, being financed by shopping centre developer Brian Warburton, are expected to cost close to $2 million.
Mr Jende said the vision behind the Moonee Beach shopping centre was now coming closer to fruition.
Work at the site is moving ahead rapidly, with the centre expected to open in late November.
The fitout of the Coles supermarket is under way, while landscapers will soon start beautifying the exterior.
"I think it is going to be fantastic and will attract a lot of new development," Mr Jende said.
"There has been good interest from retailers, with tenants committed for over half the shops and negotiations in progress for all the others."
For more details about the roadworks, contact the contractor, Ryan Earthmoving, on 6651 5740.