The 17km Craigieburn Bypass, linking the Hume Freeway near Mt. Ridley Road at Craigieburn, to the Metropolitan Ring Road at Thomastown, opened to traffic on Tuesday 20th December 2005.
The Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories, and Roads, Mr Jim Lloyd and the Victorian Minister for Transport, Mr Peter Batchelor officially opened the fully completed $306m Craigieburn Bypass at a community event held on the Bypass.
Construction started on the bypass in May 2002. The first four kilometres of the bypass from the Metropolitan Ring Road, at Thomastown to Cooper Street, Epping were opened to traffic in December 2004.
Benefits to the Craigieburn commumity are reduced travel times between Craigieburn and the Metropolitan Ring Road - it will now take approximately 10 minutes, not the usual 40 minutes it took along the Hume Highway in the average peak hour and encourages traffic to use the main road network rather than local roads.