West Gate Distributor - Stage 1

The Victorian Government has made the West Gate Distributor (WGD) one of its top transport priorities.

Pedestrian and cyclist bridge opening

You’re invited to help us celebrate the opening of the new shared user path bridge on Saturday 15 July, between 9am and noon, at Napier Street Reserve (corner of Footscray Road and Moreland Street).

You’ll be able to hop on one of our special stationary bikes and pedal-power your way to a delicious smoothie, before cycling, walking or running over the new bridge for the first time.

Adults and children are welcome. The smoothie bikes are suitable for ages 4 years old and above.

Image showing location of the Shepherd Bridge opening event

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Project update – July 2017

The opening of the shared user path bridge will mark the successful completion of the West Gate Distributor project.

We’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the works.

Project background

The plan for the first section of the WGD is to provide better travel for local traffic, pedestrians and cyclists and improve freight access to and from the Port of Melbourne by: 
  • widening Moreland Street to a four lane divided road, with an upgraded connection to Footscray Road
  • new signalised intersections in Moreland Street at Footscray Road, Parker Street and Whitehall Street
  • strengthening  and widening Shepherd Bridge over the Maribyrnong River by removing the pedestrian and cycling paths
  • installing a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River for pedestrians and cyclists.

About the project


The contract for the West Gate Distributor Stage 1 was awarded to Fulton Hogan in December 2015.

Major construction works on the site commenced in April 2016 and the project is expected to be completed by mid 2017.

During the course of the project, VicRoads and Fulton Hogan will provide information updates to the local community on the progress of the project and any planned works that may cause major disruptions or delays.

Stage 1 Map

Image of the West Gate Distributor map


The works will improve traffic flow and address the current bottleneck at Shepherd Bridge, as well as improve freight access to the port. It will also improve the riding experience for the thousands of people who cycle to and from the CBD by providing a dedicated, safer route over the Maribyrnong river. 

Contact us

Call: (03) 8572 7901
Write: VicRoads Metropolitan Projects - Western, Ground Floor, 1 McNab Avenue, Footscray, VIC 3011 

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