Improving Arterial Roads in Melbourne's outer west

The Victorian Government has made one of the biggest investments ever for outer suburban roads to cater for the rapid population growth in Melbourne, including a $1.8 billion program of road upgrades and maintenance in the outer west.

Melbourne's population has been increasing more than any other capital city in Australia for 12 years running, with 60 per cent of that growth happening in the outer suburbs.

The program will improve safety and traffic flow, and provide better access to employment centres, freight hubs and recreation spaces.

In November 2016, the state government advertised a $1.8 billion contract for a western package. The contract will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership* (PPP), including upgrading eight arterial roads (listed below) within five years, and maintenance of approximately 700 kilometres of arterial road, spanning from Werribee to Footscray, for a further 20 years.

Projects in your area

To find out more about projects in your area, choose from the links below.

*Note: these roads will not be toll roads.

Key dates for western package

Date What's happening
November 2016

Expression of interest released for western package   

Construction companies invited to express interest in working on western package.

January - March 2017

Design consultation

Consulting with stakeholders including community and council to get feedback on preliminary designs for the western package

Early 2017

Shortlist submitters and ask for tenders

Construction companies invited to submit a tender to work on the western package.

Mid - late 2017

Design and pre-construction activities

Completing detailed designs for the western projects and consulting with stakeholders to minimise impacts on the surrounding areas.

Early 2018

Award contract and start construction

A contractor is chosen to work on the project. Construction will begin shortly after this time. 

2018 - late 2021


Construction and delivery of the projects will be staggered, with all projects complete and open to traffic by late 2021. Timing for each project is still Being determined. 

Have your say

The interactive map is now closed for comment as of midnight Sunday 19 March 2017. You can still visit the map to view the designs and comments at engageVicRoads. We are currently reviewing the feedback which will be considered in the design development. We will provide an overview of what we have heard and updates to the design in the coming months.

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected] 

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