Next phase of major works begin for West Gate Freeway

Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has signed off on the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel, making a number of recommendations for the landmark project.Works to widen the West Gate Freeway as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project kicked off last night.

The West Gate Freeway will be closed inbound for nights over a period of 21 days between Millers Road and Williamstown Road. This will enable constriction teams to install bridge beams.

The Geelong entry ramp to the Princes Freeway reopened last week after being closed for six weeks while crews worked to install a new bridge deck.

With the ramp now reopened construction teams will work to excavate underneath to make room for extra lanes being added to the West Gate Freeway. These are intended to ease congestion and reduce travel times for the 200,000 motorists using the road each day.

Cranes were placed on the inbound carriageway to install 42 bridge beams over the Newport Rail line, to hold extra lanes on the freeway.

During March, there will also be a number of West Gate Freeway ramps closed on weekends.

The Williamstown Road outbound entry ramp and inbound exit ramp will be closed for pavement reconstruction and sewer works.

There are 4000 people working on the West Gate Tunnel Project right now to build Melbourne’s alternative to the West Gate Bridge and widen one of Melbourne’s busiest freeways slashing travel times by 20 minutes for people who live in the west.

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