Next phase of major West Gate Freeway works kick off

28 February 2020

The next phase of major works to widen the West Gate Freeway as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project will kick off from Sunday night, with the West Gate Freeway closed inbound at nights over a period of 21 days between Millers Road and Williamstown Road to install bridge beams.

This comes as the Geelong Road entry ramp to the Princes Freeway Geelong-bound reopened this morning after being closed 24/7 for six weeks while crews worked around the clock to install a new bridge deck.

With this ramp now reopened to traffic, construction teams will excavate underneath to make room for the extra lanes being added to the West Gate Freeway to ease congestion and reduce travel times for the 200,000 motorists who use it everyday .

Freeway closures are scheduled to start from this Sunday, with motorists advised to allow extra travel time while cranes are placed on the inbound  carriageway to install 42 bridge beams over the Newport Rail line to hold the extra lanes on the freeway.

The freeway will be closed inbound only, beginning at 10pm most nights until 5am the next morning, with crews commencing lane and ramp closures from 9pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, closures will start an hour later.

Motorists will either be able to use Blackshaws Road or Geelong Road as a detour route, which will add additional time to the journey.

The closures will occur on nights between Sunday 1 March and Sunday 22 March.

During March, there will also be a number of West Gate Freeway ramps closed on weekends.  

The Williamstown Road outbound entry ramp and inbound exit ramp will be closed for pavement reconstruction and sewer works.

There are 4000 people working on the West Gate Tunnel Project right now to build Melbourne’s alternative to the West Gate Bridge and widen one of Melbourne’s busiest freeways slashing travel times by 20 mins for people who live in the west.

Motorists are advised to check in at bigbuild.vic.gov.au for the latest closure details and detour routes. Plan your journey before leaving home by visiting VicTraffic

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