Western Roads Upgrade

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 four years, and maintenance of more than 260 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.

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] 

Register for our business briefing sessions

14 or 15 November 2017

VicRoads Business Briefings – Western Roads Upgrade (External link)

Take our survey

Western Roads Upgrade survey (External link)

Open until 1 December 2017

Key dates for Western Roads Upgrade
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
November 2016

Expression of interest released for western package.

Construction companies invited to express interest in working on the Western Roads Upgrade.

January - March 2017

Design consultation.

Consultation with stakeholders including community and council to get feedback on preliminary designs for the Western Roads Upgrade.

Early 2017

Shortlist submitters and ask for tenders.

Construction companies invited to submit a tender to work on the Western Roads Upgrade. 

Mid - late 2017

Design/pre-construction activities and contract award.

Completion of detailed designs for the project and announcement of preferred bidder. Contract is awarded end of 2017.

Early 2018

Construction will begin.

2018 - late 2021

Construction and delivery of the projects will be staggered, with all projects complete and open to traffic by late 2021. 


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