Summer Construction Blitz To Fast Track Road Upgrades

Construction on a number of Melbourne’s major road infrastructure upgrades will ramp up over the Christmas/New Year period enabling critical works to be done.

Drivers – especially those heading to and from Melbourne Airport – are being urged to plan ahead as an extensive program of works is carried out across the network.

Construction crews will take advantage of the quieter holiday period to ensure minimal disruption.

The works will unlock some of the most significant choke points on Melbourne’s road network, allowing more capacity to cater for the city’s growing population and increasing economic activity.

Major works will be undertaken on the West Gate Freeway and Tullamarine Freeway as part of the CityLink Tulla Widening Project, as we take down the English Street bridge and lift beams into place for the new bridge.

The Tullamarine Freeway will be closed in both directions between the Calder Freeway and the M80 Ring Road from 10pm on Thursday 5 January through to 10am on Sunday 8 January and motorists will need to all for delays travelling to and from the airport.

Upgrades to Shepherd Bridge in Footscray and maintenance work on the West Gate Bridge will also be taking place.

Motorists will need to plan their journey if they’re heading west out of the city towards the Surf Coast and if travelling into the city or the MCG.

VicRoads will monitor works and how the detour routes and surrounding roads are performing and will prioritise and adjust traffic signals where required to improve the flow of traffic and minimise congestion.

Drivers can plan their journeys before they get in the car by checking the latest traffic advice on the VicTraffic app, by following @victraffic on Twitter or visiting the VicRoads website.

Once on the road, drivers can listen to radio traffic reports and look out for on road signage that will provide real-time travel times and alternative routes.

VicRoads will be monitoring and managing the impact of changed traffic conditions to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

For detailed information and to plan your journey, visit:

Quotes attributed to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“We know these works mean delays, but they are crucial to unlocking some of the most significant choke points on our roads.”

“While every effort is being made to minimise the impact on motorists, we encourage drivers to consider alternate routes or modes of transport, plan their journey and to allow extra time.”

“We’re building better roads for Victorian families to get them home safer and sooner to their loved ones.”

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