What are we doing on the West Gate Freeway
We are building:
- Extra lanes on the freeway between the M80 Ring Road and Williamstown Road
- Entry and exit portals where the tunnels connect with the West Gate Freeway
- Ventilation structure at the tunnel exit to remove air from inside the outbound tunnel
- Interchange upgrades at the M80 Ring Road, Millers Road, Grieve Parade and Williamstown Road
- Ramps to Hyde Street to connect trucks directly with local industry
- Noise walls to reduce traffic noise for residents and open spaces
- Walking and cycling paths to complete missing links in the Federation and Kororoit Creek trails and better connect communities, including new overpasses over Williamstown Road and Stony Creek
- Pedestrian bridges replacing the existing overpasses
- Freeway Management System to support good traffic flow and safety
- New open spaces and planting thousands of trees and other plants in the freeway area.
Key works in the area
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We are widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. The West Gate Freeway is a critical link in Melbourne’s transport network, carrying 200,000 vehicles each day. We will keep it moving by:
- Keeping the same number of lanes open at peak times
- Only closing lanes when there is less traffic
- Keeping the speed limit at 80km/h at peak times whenever possible
- Providing clear and timely information for drivers
- Working with VicRoads, councils, transport operators and emergency services to plan traffic changes
- Avoiding closures when major events are on in Melbourne.
Status: Beevers Street works complete
As part of construction to widen the West Gate Freeway, works to relocate overhead power lines along Beevers Street are now complete.
Beevers Street has reopened and access to homes has been reinstated.
We thank residents of Beevers Street for their patience whilst we safely completed this important work.
You will still see our team continuing with works on the eastern end of Beevers Street, however, this will not impact street or residential access.
- Fact sheet: moving overhead power lines underground on Beevers Street (PDF, 2.10MB)
- Stage one notification: (PDF, 925 KB); (DOCX, 802KB)
- Driveway disruption notification: (PDF, 900KB); (DOCX, 767KB)
If you have any questions about the works on Beevers Street, please call 1800 105 105.
What are we doing?
The existing power lines on Fogarty Avenue will be relocated or moved underground and new drainage will also be installed. This is part of works to widen the West Gate Freeway.
More details on the works:
- Works started on Fogarty Avenue in July 2018 and are projected to finish in late December 2019. We will update this information closer to completion time
- There will be staged closures of Fogarty Avenue with detours in place. Visit our disruptions page for the latest updates
- Some driveways will temporarily have access blocked. Residents will be notified in advance
- Access to the Footscray Hockey Club and Yarraville Glory Football Club will be maintained at all times
- Bus route 432 will be diverted and selected bus stops will be closed. For more information see Public Transport Victoria’s travel update
- For more details about the works on Fogarty Avenue, read the fact sheet
- For all work notifications related to works on Fogarty Avenue, head to the Work Notifications page.
Timing: February 2019 - mid-2019
We need to do important utility investigation and relocation on Paringa Road, to allow for the widening of the West Gate Freeway.
What to expect during these works on Paringa Road:
- Paringa Road will be closed to traffic at Millers Road with alternative access available via Duosa Road
- Staged closures for utility relocations along Paringa Road
- An increase in construction noise from our machinery and trucks
- Water spray trucks to help manage dust and dirt
- Equipment used for these works including heavy vehicles and trailers, excavators, jack hammers, compaction equipment and asphalt cutting saw
- Traffic changes with signed detours
Detours and parking alternatives:
- Detours will be in place for vehicles accessing Paringa Road from Millers Road via Duosa Road, Langshaw Street, Bond Street, Lee Street and Chambers Road
- Footpath access along Paringa Road will be maintained
- The laneway behind the Millers Road shops will remain open, however the laneway exit to Paringa Road will be closed during our works
- The carpark on Paringa Road behind the Millers Road shops will remain open and can be accessed from the driveway closest to Langshaw Street
- Access to the West Gate Freeway from Millers Road will remain open
Reminder: as part of continued works to widen the West Gate Freeway, vehicle access to Paringa will be closed long-term between Millers Road and Langshaw Street. Find more information in the works notification (PDF, 247KB).
If you have any questions about the works on Paringa Road, please call 1800 105 105.
Work areas will be located alongside the freeway where they are least likely to cause disruption and will be fenced and screened from view. Innovative construction methods will help reduce disruption, including using cranes to lift beams down from the freeway to reduce disruption at Donald McLean Reserve.
Some electricity towers along the freeway will be moved or replaced with slimmer poles and some power lines moved underground to make space for the widened freeway.
Timing: Set up 2018-2019 and operating until 2022
Construction compounds provide a base for workers, equipment and machinery. The main bases for construction in the West Gate Freeway area are:
- Off the West Gate Freeway / New Street – for freeway widening and tunnel works
- Off Geelong Road – for works around the M80 Ring Road interchange.
We will use best practice techniques at our construction compounds and will:
- Meet all requirements for managing noise, dust and traffic
- Install fencing and screening when compounds are located near to private property
- Give our neighbours advanced notice about what to expect during works
- Reinstate or improve compound areas after construction
- Provide parking for workers to avoid taking up space on local streets.
The Federation Trail is being upgraded and extended to Hyde Street. A section of the trail between Millers Road and the Newport Freight rail line has been closed to complete the upgrade and widen the freeway. The closure will be in place for around four years from 16 July 2018. We have:
- Provided a clearly signed detour route via Kyle Road and Blackshaws Road (see blue line in map below)
- Worked with VicRoads, councils and cycling groups to plan and communicate the detour
- Carried out improvements along the detour to make it safe.
The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver more than nine kilometres of new and improved noise walls for quieter homes, backyards and parks along the West Gate Freeway. We will:
- Prioritise noise wall construction so residents get the benefit as early as possible
- Leave existing noise walls in place where practical or provide temporary noise walls until new ones are built
- Use high quality materials with acrylic at the top to let light in.
Most of the work will be done during the day however some works will be done at night to minimise travel disruption on our busy roads.
We will do our best to plan works at times when they cause the least inconvenience for residents, while also avoiding peak period lane closures and disruption on the freeway to keep Melbourne moving during construction.
Regular updates will be posted on this page. We will also keep people informed of activities taking place in their local area by:
- Dropping newsletters and works notifications in your letterbox
- Door knocks or street meetings before major works
- News and updates on social media
For more information, contact us on 1800 105 105.
We have a team that is dedicated to working with the community. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions or concerns.
See the most recent construction notifications.
Download the factsheet Construction overview – West Gate Freeway [PDF, 1.4mb]