Gowanbrae and Glenroy noise walls

The Victorian Government has committed $10 million to build noise walls along the M80 Ring Road at Gowanbrae and Glenroy.

Project update - September 2017

The noise walls will be completed in the following stages:

  • Gowanbrae and Tullamarine Freeway Ramp noise walls – commencing in January 2017.
  • Glenroy noise wall – commencing in February 2017.
  • Moonee Ponds Creek Bridge noise wall – commencing in March 2017.
  • Upper Moonee Ponds Creek Bridge noise wall – commencing in May 2017.
  • Final landscaping – commencing in May 2017.
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Glenroy noise wall

To build the new noise wall at Glenroy, we need to build a temporary access track along the existing noise wall. This will require the removal of a small amount of vegetation. Temporary fencing with shade cloth will then be installed around the work area.

The existing noise wall will be removed to create safe access for our workers and to allow us to complete the project in the shortest possible time.

Installation of the first new noise wall panels is expected to begin in April 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2017.

Temporary changes to the shared use path

A section of the Western Ring Road shared use path, between the Tullamarine Freeway and Moonee Ponds Creek, closed during construction of the new noise walls, has now re-opened.

The new noise walls will not just reduce noise for local residents, but help to protect path users from traffic noise and debris from the nearby M80 Ring Road.

We thank pedestrians and cyclists for their patience during construction.

Changed traffic conditions for night works

We need to undertake work close to the M80 Ring Road for the upper Moonee Ponds Creek bridge noise wall.

To ensure the safety of both drivers and workers, these works will be scheduled at night when traffic is at its lowest. There will be some temporary speed reductions and lane closures in place.

To stay up-to-date with the latest traffic conditions visit VicTraffic or download the VicTraffic app.

Flora and fauna

We understand how important trees and the natural environment are to the community.

We’ve undertaken significant design revisions to minimise disruption to the local environment during construction.

We’ve been able to retain the majority of existing trees on the freeway side of the existing noise wall at Glenroy, however we do need to remove some trees in the construction zone of the new walls.

When we do need to remove any trees we will always have environmental experts on hand to relocate or care for any injured animals.

About the project

We’re delivering new noise walls that will create a quieter environment that everyone can enjoy. The walls will be built on the south side of the M80 Ring Road and on the south side of the new elevated structure over Moonee Ponds Creek. This will minimise traffic noise generated by the 165,000 vehicles that use the freeway every day.

Before any planning began, we commissioned an independent study to record noise levels at 18 locations in Glenroy and Gowanbrae over a three month period in late 2015. This produced highly accurate data to that helped us identify the most effective position, height and material for each wall.


The key benefits of the new noise walls will be:

  • quieter suburbs
  • improved recreational areas
  • transparent panels to allow natural light and prevent shadowing
  • walls that will protect whole communities
  • a modern architectural design
  • long term protection for local communities
  • reduction of noise in residential areas from 68 decibels to 63 decibels and below.

Contact us

For further information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]
Write:  VicRoads, M80 Noise Walls Project, 3 Bristol Street, Essendon Airport, VIC 3041

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