20 December 2019
With the year coming to an end, what better time to recap and reflect on the significant progress we’ve made on the Project in 2019.
We’re well underway widening the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 through lanes.
Along the West Gate Freeway, we’ve installed six new monopoles and two lattice towers to replace wider lattice power poles making way for widening the West Gate Freeway, completed widening works on the bridge over Williamstown Road and started installing permanent noise walls along the freeway.
We’ve also completed our launching site and continued to build our tunnel boring machines, Bella and Vida.
To allow for tunnelling to start, we relocated the North Yarra Main Sewer that ran below Whitehall Street in Footscray and Yarraville and reopened Whitehall Street in both directions are being closed for a year.
We’ve started construction on the foundations for Melbourne’s second major crossing over the Maribyrnong River.
We have completed substantial work along Footscray Road, as we prepare to take the West Gate Tunnel Project skyward – building an elevated road above Footscray Road.
To supply the massive number of concrete segments for the tunnels, noise walls and road pillars, a specialised $60 million facility in Benalla has been built, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
And on the non-construction front – last month we launched the $10 million West Gate Neighbourhood Fund to support community initiatives in the Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay council areas.
As you can see, there has been a hive of activity over the past year – and so much more to come in 2020.