Overview of our Port to City work

We are building:

  • A bridge over the Maribyrnong River to connect the tunnels with an elevated road above Footscray Road
  • Ramps to the port at MacKenzie Road and Appleton Dock Road for direct freeway access
  • Elevated roadway connecting to CityLink, Dynon Road and Footscray Road, running above the centre of Footscray Road
  • Walking and cycling paths for quicker and safer cycling to the city with a new veloway and bridges over Footscray Road and Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Wurundjeri Way extension and widening – an extra lane in each direction and extending Wurundjeri Way north to Dynon Road to create a city bypass
  • Freeway Management System to improve traffic flow and safety
  • New open spaces near Moonee Ponds Creek and planting thousands of trees and other plants near walking and cycling paths and waterways.
  • In addition to construction from Port to City, see what’s happening in the West Gate Freeway and Tunnels.

1600 concrete segments for the new Footscray Road viaduct15 kilometres of new elevated lanes on Footscray Road


Map of the Port to City zone of the project, indicating elevated road, shared user paths, veloway, new cycling and walking bridges, tunnel portal and widening of Wurundjeri Way

Map illustrating connections from the Port to the city. Click image to enlarge

Key works in the area

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We are building a bridge over the Maribyrnong River to connect the tunnels with an elevated road above Footscray Road.

Innovative bridge construction methods are being used to build the Maribyrnong River bridges and ensure that we:

  • Keep the river open to boats
  • Keep Mackenzie Road open for truck access to the port
  • Meet all environmental requirements to protect the health of the river.

Temporary jetties on the river banks will provide space for workers to build bridge supports and lift beams into place with minimal impact on the river. The beams, which form the bridge structure, will be transported to site, pieced together on the west bank and then lifted into place by cranes.

There are changes to parking and traffic conditions along Maribyrnong Street and Lyons Street to accommodate construction activities taking place in the area until 2022. This includes:

  • Relocating a gas main
  • Setting up a crane pad to install the bridge beams
  • Preparing the bridge beams for installation
  • Installing the bridge beams over the Maribyrnong River

Learn more about the Maribyrnong Street works notification

Artist impression of new bridge over the Maribyrnong River and Mackenzie Road ramps

New bridge over the Maribyrnong River and Mackenzie Road ramps. Artist impression only – does not include detailed design

We are building an elevated roadway running above the centre of Footscray Road, connecting the new tunnels with CityLink, the port and the city.

The road structure will be made of individual concrete segments which are made off-site and transported to site by truck.

A gantry crane, which will sit on top of support piers around 30 metres above the road, will lift the concrete segments into place. The crane will start at the city end of Footscray Road and work its way west building the outbound carriageway before being turned around to build the city bound carriageway.

Our gantry crane will place almost 1,600 segments into place over a two year period.

Changed traffic conditions apply along Footscray Road for the duration of the project as construction sites are moved and reestablished to facilitate the work.

The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a direct link from Dynon Road to Flinders Street via the new Wurundjeri Way Extension. There will also be a new pedestrian and cycling bridge at Dynon Road, which will make it easier to cross Moonee Ponds Creek and the rail lines to link to the broader cycling network.

To facilitate the work, some walking and cycling paths have been detoured, the skate park at Railway Place Reserve has been closed and the bus stop on the Dynon Road bridge is closed.

The local community will expect to see an increase in construction activity throughout 2020 with piling works to take place to begin building the foundations of the Dynon Road connection and new walking and cycling bridge.

Learn more about the Dynon Road works.

Work has started on building the new Wurundjeri Way Extension, an elevated road connecting to Dynon Road and the new elevated Footscray Road that will link the West Gate Tunnel to the city. These works will take place from Dynon Road through to the existing Wurundjeri Way.

Work includes:

  • Site investigations to further identify utility services and better understand ground and road conditions as we prepare new work areas
  • Establishing work sites within the E and F Gate rail corridors which will involve bringing construction equipment in and removing existing sheds, warehouses and rail structures
  • Piling works to build the foundations of the piers for the elevated road. Works will take place within E Gate starting near Dynon Road, moving south - east toward Dudley Street and Wurundjeri Way. Noise and vibration may be noticeable during these works.

Learn more about the Wurundjeri Way Extension works.

A 2.5km veloway – a cycling highway from Footscray to Docklands – will be built to make trips quicker and safer for cyclists and new bridges over Moonee Ponds Creek and Footscray Road will remove the busy Capital City Trail crossing of Footscray Road.

There will also be a new pedestrian and cycling bridge at Dynon Road, which will make it easier to cross Moonee Ponds Creek and the rail lines to link to the broader cycling network around North Melbourne.

Sections of existing path along Footscray Road and Dynon Road will be upgraded during construction. We will:

  • Keep all paths open as much as possible
  • Provide safe and clearly signed cycling detours while paths are being upgraded
  • Work with VicRoads, Council and cycling groups to plan and communicate detours
  • Carry out improvements along the detours if needed to make them safe.
Artist impression of entrance to the new 2.5kn veloway

Artist impression of entrance/exit to the 2.5km veloway near Shepherd Bridge on Footscray Road.

The main construction compound in this precinct is located at the former Melbourne Market site on Footscray Road. It is supported by smaller compounds in the surrounding area, including in E-Gate and near the Maribyrnong River.

Construction compounds provide a base for workers, equipment and machinery. We will use best practice techniques at our construction compounds and will:

  • Install fencing and screening around compounds located next to private properties
  • Meet all requirements for managing noise, dust and traffic
  • Give our neighbours advanced notice about what to expect during works
  • Reinstate or improve compound areas after construction
  • Encourage our workers to car-pool or use public transport where possible.
There are large concrete segments for the project that will be delivered from Benalla to our Footscray Road site.

While most of them will be able to be moved on the back of trucks using major roads and freeways and travel like a normal truck load, some loads are of a size that for safety reasons need to travel much slower and use some inner west roads and travel overnight.

Learn more about the trucks routes and what else to expect.

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 latest construction notifications.

Construction overview fact sheet – Port to City [PDF, 1.4 MB]

The fact sheet is also available in Arabic (PDF, 0.99MB), Chinese (PDF, 1.2 MB), Greek (PDF, 1.2 MB), Italian (PDF, 1.2 MB), Vietnamese (PDF, 1.2 MB)