Along 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.

Construction has started – find out about travel disruptions or recent construction updates.

In addition to construction on the West Gate Freeway, work is happening at the Tunnels and Port to City.

18 kilometres of new traffic lanes5 year construction period9 kilometres of new noise walls

West Gate Freeway map

West Gate Freeway construction map.

Key works

Timing: 2018-2022

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.

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.

Timing: 2018-2020

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: early 2019

In preparation for works to widen the West Gate Freeway, we are relocating some overhead power lines underground in several areas in early 2019.

To ensure these works can be carried out safely and efficiently, Beevers Street will be closed to vehicles in three stages, with each stage of works in place for around two and half weeks.

Access to properties will be impacted at each stage of works, and we are talking to residents now to see how we can manage these impacts.

  • Footpath access will be maintained on both sides of Beevers Street
  • Alternative vehicle access will be established via a temporary path to the Italian Social Club
  • Emergency services vehicles will have access at all times
  • Temporary fencing and work site will be set up, including an access track at the end of Beevers Street
  • There will be an increase in construction vehicles within the area
  • Regular mail from Australia Post will be delivered and rubbish bins will be collected

If you have any questions about the works on Beevers Street, please call 1800 105 105.

Timing: 2018-2019

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.

  • Works started in July 2018 and will continue for 12 months
  • 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 construction notification (PDF, 732KB) (DOCX, 893KB) and the factsheet (PDF, 1.5MB)

Works update

The planned temporary closures of the Muir Street/Fogarty Avenue pedestrian overpass, as well as the works to install new monopoles and dismantle some lattice towers in Fogarty Avenue in October and November 2018, have been postponed

Works on high voltage transmission lines can only be done during specific times of the year when the demand on the power network isn’t too high.

These works will go ahead at a later time, and we are now working with AusNet on determining the best time to complete them. We will keep you updated on our progress and planning for these works.

Timing: 2018-2022

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.

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Directions for cyclists to detour the closed section of the Federation Trail

Timing: 2018-2020

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.
Artist impression of noise walls on the West Gate Freeway

Noise walls long the West Gate Freeway. Artist impression only – does not include detailed design.

Timing: 2019-2021

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.

Artist impression of new shared use path alongside the Hyde Street off ramp, Yarraville.

New shared use path alongside the Hyde Street off ramp, Yarraville. Artist impression only – does not include detailed design.

Work hours

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.

Upcoming work

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

More information

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]

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