Montmorency, Greensborough and Lower Plenty homeowners to benefit

Melbourne's north-west suburb of Montmorency is set to benefit from a $1.5 million investment that will improve a key part of its road infrastructure.

Homeowners with mortgages in the area may find that their properties become more valuable once the planned works have been completed.

The Para Road and Rattray Road intersection will receive a huge upgrade, which is anticipated will reduce congestion in the area, improving safety and decreasing delays for drivers and commuters.

Montmorency is located around 40 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD - key routes into the city are via the  M3 or State Route 46.

Infrastructure boost for Montmorency

Signalised pedestrian crossings and traffic lights will be installed at the key Montmorency crossing in order to make it easier for vehicles to turn right out of - and into - Rattray Road, explained Minister for Roads Terry Mulder in a June 20 statement.

Those with a home loan on a Montmorency property will look forward to the $1.5 million construction work, which will ensure that it's easier to get around the area.

It's not just Montmerency homeowners who are set to benefit, however. The change is geared to create improvements for wider connections between suburbs in the area.

"Para Road currently carries approximately 14,600 vehicles per day and plays an important role in connecting Greensborough and Lower Plenty. It is also the main arterial route into the busy Montmorency Village shopping centre," Mr Mulder noted.

Alongside the improvements for right-turning traffic, pedestrians will also find it safer to cross the road in the area, whether it's students going to and from Montmorency Secondary College or residents heading to Plenty River Trail or Montmorency Park.

The funding for the project comes out of the $19.8 million roads program, which is part of the 2014-15 state budget.

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