Footscray Road upgrade

We’re upgrading the city-bound lanes of Footscray Road and modifying the Sims Street and Dock Link Road intersections in Footscray, as part of the Federal and State Government’s Urban Congestion Package.

Project update - August 2017

Work is continuing on the Sims Street north loop and Footscray Road service lane (between Sims Street and Dock Link Road). Lower speed limits, lane closures and signed minor detours will be in place at times to ensure everyone’s safety.

To minimise disruption to road users, we upgraded and strengthened the main citybound carriageway of Footscray Road when Shepherd Bridge was closed in late June. 

The project is due to be completed by mid October 2017.

Project background

Footscray Road is a key access route for the economically critical Port of Melbourne.

Over the coming years, the number of heavy vehicles using Footscray Road is expected to increase due to the closure of Coode Road (west) by Port of Melbourne. 

The $10 million funding allocated to the project comes  from the $170 million Urban Congestion Package (UCP).

The UCP is part of the $3 billion Victorian Infrastructure Package and is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments.

About the project

Map of Footscray Road upgrade project

View a larger version of the Footscray Road upgrade map

The upgrade includes:

  • modifying and widening Sims Street and Dock Link Road intersections to accommodate trucks such as High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs), including Super B Doubles
  • upgrading and strengthening city-bound lanes and service road on Footscray Road, between Sims Street and Dock Link Road
To avoid overlapping with the West Gate Tunnel project (External link), the Western Distributor Authority has agreed to complete the final resurfacing of the main city-bound carriageway. They will also deliver any further modifications to the Sims Street and Footscray Road intersection as part of the West Gate Tunnel project. This will be more cost effective and help to minimise disruption to the community.

Throughout the project, we’ll also need to close some lanes on Sims Street and the Footscray Road service road.

Works will be staged to minimise disruption to port tenants, local businesses and the general public, and will take place on weekends and at night where possible.


Benefits include:
  • improved truck access, including HPFVs, to the economically critical Port of Melbourne
  • facilitating the closure of Coode Road (west) by Port of Melbourne for port operations. This will result in efficiency and productivity gains for the port that will in turn, bring greater benefits to the Victorian economy
  • improved safety for pedestrians, and road users at key intersections used by HPFV’s
  • improved road strength, resulting in an increased lifespan of the upgraded section of Footscray Road

What happens next?

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the project as it happens, and will let you know of any planned works that may cause disruptions or delays.

Contact us

If you'd like more information on this project, please get in touch.

Phone: (03) 8572 7901

Write: VicRoads Metropolitan Projects - Western, Ground Floor, 1 McNab Avenue, Footscray, VIC 3011

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