The West Gate Tunnel Project is a city-shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.

The West Gate Freeway will be widened and include express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, reducing weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.

A tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.

A bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.

State-of-the-art smart technology will be installed across the length of the project linking it to other freeway management systems across the city.

It will also add 14 kilometres of walking and cycling paths for a continuous journey from Werribee to the city.

Construction will start in 2018 and be completed in 2022.

For more information, view the West Gate Tunnel Project page.

The West Gate Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process, including through an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

Key approvals are in place and construction began in early 2018.

Read more about planning approvals.

Construction began in early 2018 and will be completed in 2022.

See what’s happening at the three construction precincts:

  • West Gate Freeway: upgrading and widening the freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. New express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge will reduce weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
  • A new tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River, taking motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets.
  • Port to City: a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River and an elevated road along Footscray Road will provide direct links to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and an extended Wurundjeri Way.

Building the massive West Gate Tunnel Project will cause some unavoidable transport disruption for several years. Drivers are reminded to be alert and aware of changed traffic conditions. View upcoming travel disruptions and plan ahead.

Throughout the project’s two-year development period, we have consulted community members, councils and industry and listened to different views, concerns and ideas. The independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) has also considered 504 submissions and listened and reported on many different views. This has resulted in some real improvements to the design and specific environmental requirements.

To address public feedback, major changes to the project have included:

  • Moving the westbound tunnel exit further away from houses
  • Better protection of existing open space
  • More noise walls along the West Gate Freeway
  • 9 hectares of new public open space
  • Over 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

The contractors selected to build the West Gate Tunnel Project are a consortium headlined by CPB Contractors and John Holland.

CPB Contractors and John Holland are construction leaders with a strong track record delivering tunnels and transport infrastructure.

The project is supporting Australian businesses, investing in local and regional employment and creating 6000 jobs across six sites in Victoria over five years.

There will be:

  • Over 500 jobs for apprentices, trainees and graduates
  • 400 jobs dedicated to residents of Melbourne’s west
  • 150 jobs for people affected by closuring in the manufacturing industry
  • 93% of goods and services and 92% of steel milled in Australia and New Zealand
  • Training and practical experience for workers and students to boost skills and workforce capability.

Find out more about jobs on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

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The project will not require the compulsory acquisition of homes.

If the tunnels pass under property, the land underground will be acquired by the Victorian Government. This is called ‘strata acquisition’ and it does not affect your ownership of land at the surface.

There is a limited number of commercial and industrial property acquisition along the project alignment. We have been in contact with all potentially affected businesses and land owners to discuss the acquisition process, which can begin later this year following the EES planning approvals process.

All acquisition will be managed by the Victorian Government in accordance with the relevant legislation.

If you are a business and have been contacted about land acquisition, you can find out more in the land acquisition and compensation factsheet (PDF, 465kb).

If your property is above the tunnel alignment, you can find out more in the tunnel strata acquisition and compensation factsheet (PDF, 587kb).

You can read more about Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 on the Major Road Projects Authority website.

Work is now complete on the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 1 and the speed has returned to 100 km/h. EastLink to Clyde Road now has an extra lane in each direction, with smart technology added from Chadstone to Pakenham to ease congestion for faster travel.

There are also further works planned to get people home sooner and safer with Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 to start later this year. You can read more on the Major Road Projects Authority website.

The Monash Freeway Upgrade added more than 30 kilometres of new freeway lanes to the Monash Freeway. This included widening the road from four to five lanes between EastLink and the South Gippsland Freeway, and from two to three lanes between the South Gippsland Freeway and Clyde Road in Berwick.

Other improvements included:
• Ramp signals added from Chadstone to Pakenham, to prevent stop-start driving conditions and dangerous sudden braking. Entry ramps widened to accommodate more vehicles
• Lane Use Management Signs (LUMS) installed along the corridor to improve traffic flow by providing drivers with information in the event of an incident
• Bridges and structures from EastLink to Clyde Road upgraded to be wider and to carry the additional lanes, providing long-term reliability for the freeway. Additionally, lighting at various interchanges was improved.

Initial works started in late 2015, and major construction ramped up in June 2016. The project is now complete and the new ramp open to traffic.

The Webb Dock access improvements were built to:

  • provide a quicker and more efficient route for freight that is not affected by traffic conditions on the West Gate Freeway
  • reduce weaving and merging on the West Gate Freeway which can contribute to traffic flow break down and create congestion
  • improve safety on the Bolte Bridge entry ramp, reducing the risk of truck roll overs and associated costly traffic delays which are felt right across the freeway network
  • improve access and safety between the West Gate Freeway and the Bolte Bridge.

Webb Dock Access improvements works included:

  • an upgraded and signalisedCook St/Salmon St intersection
  • a new ramp connecting the West Gate Freeway and Bolte Bridge with a gentler curve to reduce the risk of truck roll overs
  • a new lane from Cook St to the Bolte Bridge ramp to provide direct access to freight heading north
  • a longer and wider exit ramp providing more capacity to enable ramp metering