Works and traffic changes August 2021 to January 2022

To continue widening the freeway from eight to twelve through lanes, and continue constructing the new walking and cycling path along Fogarty Avenue, there will be ongoing traffic changes from 10 August 2021.

From 10 August 2021 until January 2022, we will be working on The Avenue under the West Gate Freeway and Fogarty Avenue, which will require ongoing traffic changes including road closures.

There are two key work areas:

  • the freeway bridges above the Fogarty Avenue/The Avenue connection
  • on and adjacent to the western end of Fogarty Avenue.

Newport Rail bridge works

Fogarty Avenue and The Avenue works

10 August 2021 until January 2022Dates to be advised
  • demolishing the outer edge of one of the bridges using high pressure water
  • widening the middle bridge
  • installing barriers and beams on the new bridges
  • installing noise wall posts and acrylic panels on the new bridges
  • painting the new bridges – this includes sandblasting.

While the closures will be ongoing between 10 August 2021 and January 2022, there are intermittent 24/7 works from 10 August until late-August 2021.

  • installing drainage outside the Footscray Hockey Club
  • installing technology systems under the road
  • upgrading the walking and cycling connections west of the Muir Street overpass
  • rebuilding the bus stop opposite the Footscray Hockey club
  • building an access point to the West Gate Freeway for emergency services
  • rebuilding the kerb at the Fogarty / Wembley Ave intersection
  • installing new signage
  • landscaping west of the Muir Street walking and cycling overpass.

Location of works and traffic impacts

a map showing the location of upcoming works and closures

Impact of worksDates (subject to change)
Traffic changes:
  • Closure of the connection between The Avenue and Fogarty Avenue underneath the West Gate Freeway.
Access to Footscray Hockey Club and Yarraville Glory Soccer Club is maintained via Fogarty Avenue.
  • First closure: 10 August until late-August 2021.
  • Estimated second closure: Early September until mid-September.
  • Estimated third closure: Mid-October to mid-November.
  • Estimated fourth closure: For one week in mid-December.
Traffic changes:
  • Through access maintained between The Avenue and Fogarty Avenue under traffic management.
All other times when road closures are not in place, continuing into January 2022.
Traffic changes:
  • Closures on Fogarty Avenue between Wembley Avenue and Footscray Hockey Club.
Once dates are known, the Project team will have further details about these works and be out in the community in the coming months.
Bus route 432 detoured between Stephenson Street and Fogarty Avenue.

Please check PTV’s website for further details. Information will also be available at impacted bus stops.
From first bus on Tuesday 10 August 2021.
Construction noise during the day and at night.

This will include using high pressure water to demolish concrete at night.  The project team will be in touch directly with impacted households.
Throughout the works.

High pressure water works from 10 August until late August, until 11pm each night.
Increase in truck movements.10 August 2021 until January 2022.
Occasional night-time lighting.Throughout the works.

Further works are required at Fogarty Avenue to complete cycling and walking connections and to install new kerb, drainage and ITS systems.

We understand this is disruptive to the community and are applying every effort to minimise this disruption whilst we construct these essential works. By doing these works simultaneously we are minimising the length of time we need to close the connection between Fogarty Avenue and The Avenue.

Traffic changes will be updated on social media, sent out via our weekly traffic alert and on the Big Build website. If you are directly impacted by any of our works, we will be directly in touch.

Changes to bus route 432 can be found on  PTV’s website.

We are grateful to community for your continued patience and cooperation.

See our works notification for more information about these works.

Federation Trail works

Work has commenced on building a section of the Federation Trail extension, from the Footscray Hockey Club to The Boulevard.

Once completed, the Federation Trail will extend from the Footscray Hockey Club to Hyde Street and provide a safe and dedicated space for cyclists and pedestrians along the West Gate Freeway.

Artist impression of the elevated section of the Federation Trail extension

Frequently asked questions

If you would like to get more information on these works, please email or call 1800 105 105.

You can also visit our  West Gate Tunnel Project Visitor Information Centre, it provides a one-stop shop for project information and enquiries. Come and chat with the team.