West Gate Tunnel Project
About the project
The West Gate Tunnel, originally called the Western Distributor, is a proposed toll road that will link the West Gate Freeway at Yarraville with CityLink at Docklands via a tunnel beneath Yarraville. It aims to relieve congestion on the M1, provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge and move trucks away from inner west homes. Major construction commenced in early 2018 following the Minister for Planning's approval of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and will be completed in 2022.
The project will include:
- an upgrade and widening of the West Gate Freeway by two lanes in each direction between Williamstown Road and M80 interchange
- a 1.5 km-long, six-lane tunnel
- a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River with twin viaducts above Footscray Road and connections to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink, Dynon Road and extension of Wurundjeri Way to Dynon Road
- over 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths - including a 2.5km veloway above Footscray Road
- improved pedestrian and cycling connections between communities along the West Gate Freeway
- nearly 9 ha, of new community open space including parkland and wetlands and more than 17,000 trees planted
In early 2018, work commenced to prepare for construction including moving some power lines and gas and sewer pipes, setting up construction compounds and clearing some vegetation. This will be followed by commencement of freeway widening works and noise wall construction.
Regular updates are available on the project webpage by clicking here.
Do you need to change your route? Plan ahead to avoid delays.
Works are being conducted along the West Gate Freeway and surrounding major roads in preparation for the West Gate Tunnel Project.
Council has been advised of the following traffic alerts.
On road signage will be in place advising of detours and work zone speed limits. Signed work zone speed limits will be enforced. All works mentioned below are weather dependent and may change due to inclement weather conditions. On road signage will advise of any changes.
For the latest updates and detour route information visit the West Gate Tunnel Project Page - Travel Disruptions
Ongoing until March 25 2019 ROAD CLOSURE
- Fogarty Avenue is closed between the Footscray Hockey Club and Strong Street.
- Vehicle Access to the Footscray hockey Club remains open and the Yarraville Glory Soccer Club can be accessed on foot via the Footscray Hockey Club.
- Detour via The Avenue and Benbow Street.
Ongoing until Monday 25 March ROAD CLOSURE
- Fogarty Avenue is closed between Cranbrook Street and Delaware Street.
- Detour via Tenderdon Street, Cranbrook Street and Benbow Street
Monday 25 March - Sunday 7 April CHANGES TO PARKING
- Access to the Paringa Road car park form Langshaw Street is temporarily closed. Instead, vehicles are able to temporarily urn left from Millers Road to enter the car park.
Tuesday 26 March 6am until Wednesday 27 March 6pm ROAD CLOSURE
- Fogarty Avenue will be closed outside the Footscray Hockey Club and the Yarraville Glory Soccer Club. Access to both club car parks is maintained through temporary traffic arrangements along The Avenue (under West Gate Freeway)
Tuesday 26 March 6am until Friday 12 April 8pm ROAD CLOSURE
- Fogarty Avenue will be closed to westbound traffic between Wembly Avenue and The Boulevard.
- Detour via Wembly Avneue and Benbow Street.
Thursday 28 March - Friday 12 April, 5am - 8pm (Daily) PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS CLOSURE
- The pedestrian overpass over the West Gate Freeway linking Muir Street, Spotswood and Fogarty Avenue, Yarraville will be closed.
- A courtesy bus will be provided to transport people to either side of the freeway while the overpass is closed.
Note: The overpass may need to be closed for short intervals on 26 or 27 March. Traffic controllers will assist with pedestrian movement.
There will also be changed traffic conditions along Fogarty Avenue and The Avenue during this period.
Stage closures will continue along Fogarty Avenue util late 2019. Traffic changes will be required and signed detours will be in place.
Sunday 24 March 7am - 5pm ROAD CLOSURE
- Somerville Road will be closed east of Whitehall Street.
- Access will be maintained for local businesses
Monday 25 March 8pm - 5am ROAD CLOSURE
- Youell Street will be closed west of Whitehall Street.
- Detour via Lyons Street, Harris Street and Cowper Street.
UPCOMING MAJOR IMPACTS
Monday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April 10pm - 5am (nightly) FREEWAY CLOSURE
- All inbond lanes on the West Gate Freeway between the Williamstown Road exit and entry ramps will be closed.
- Detour via the Williamstown Road exit and entry ramps.
Monday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April 9pm - 5am (nightly) ROAD CLOSURE
- Williamstown Road will be closed in both directions under the West Gate Freeway.
- Southbound traffic detour via the West Gate Freeway inbound and U-turn at Cook Street.
- Northbound traffic detour via the West Gate Freeway outbound and U-turn at Millers Road
Shared trail path closure
Ongoing until Wednesday 27 March 5pm
- the shared path at the east end of Fogarty Avenue will be closed
- detour via The Boulevard, Benbow Street and Bena Street
Ongoing until November 2020
- the Kororoit Creek Shared Trail is closed under the West Gate Freeway
- detour via existing footpath on the east side of Grieve Parade
Ongoing Road and Lane Closures
North Yarra Main Sewer works for 12 months from Monday 6 August 2018
- Traffic Impacts to Whitehall and surrounding streets in Yarraville are ongoing while works to relocate the North Yarra Main Sewer continue.
The West Gate Tunnel Project will be starting works to divert and upgrade a section of the North Yarra Main Sewer in the week commencing Monday 6 August 2018. Whitehall Street northbound will be closed between Leek Street and Somerville Road form 9pm on Monday 6 August 2018, for approximately 12 months. Northbound traffic will detour via Leek Street, Hyde Street and Somerville Roads.
The Hyde Street truck ban will be lifted from 8am - 6pm Monday- Friday, and 8am - 1pm on Saturdays. (Please note: trucks delivering to a local destination will be exempt).
For more information on the North Yarra Main Sewer Works go to www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/traveldisruptions
West Gate Freeway widening
27 July 2018 to mid 2019
To allow for the future widening of the freeway and new freeway ramps, new retaining walls need to be built alongside three of the freeway ramps at Millers Road, starting at the inbound entry ramp.
These works will include:
- excavation and earth works;
- construction of retaining walls on the freeway ramps and piling; and
- general construction.
Building a temporary inbound exit ramp
1 August 2018 - February 2019
To provide space for the construction of the new inbound exit ramp, a temporary one will be built first. Preparation works will begin by establishing the area for the temporary ramp.
These works will include:
- clearing vegetation and trees;
- installation of a temporary noise wall; and
- removal of an existing section of noise wall.
Upgrading Millers Road
27 July 2018 - May 2019
Millers Road will be widened by one lane in each direction. We will start with constructing the new southbound lane underneath the freeway and then moving onto the additional northbound lane later in the year.
These works will include:
- setting up traffic barriers beneath the freeway, southbound Millers Road and the footpath
- temporary closure of the footpath on the east side of Millers Road beneath the freeway. The footpath on the other side of Millers Road will remain open
- piling and retaining wall construction on the east side of Millers Road beneath the freeway
- utility service investigations ahead of relocation works
Long term diversion of Federation Trail
From mid July 2018
The Federation Trail will be closed between Millers Road and the Newport freight line for approximately four years for freeway widening works and shared-use path upgrades as part of the project. A detour is in place and the trail will be signposted. A detour map is shown below.
Stage 1 Works Footscray Road
Construction is about to commence on Footscray Road to build a new elevated road connecting the West Gate Tunnel to the CBD and CityLink.
Works will be completed in stages with Stage 1 scheduled to commence Wednesday 22 August 2018.
The first stage of construction along Footscray Road will include:
- installation of temporary safety barriers and minor lane reconfiguration along the outbound carriageway at night from 23 August 2018 for up to two weeks
- relocation of the shared use path onto a temporary surface away from the construction are from August
Click here to view a copy of the works notification for Stage 1 Footscray Road(PDF, 202KB).
What you can expect while these works are under way:
- mobilising of piling rig, excavator and trucks to remove material
- dust and dirt will be minimised by using spray trucks and covering dirt and rick when it is being transported
- construction noise such as excavating and reversing beepers from machinery and trucks
- noise levels will be monitored
- bus stop 232 will remain open
- traffic changes will be required including lane, ramps and footpath closures. Signed detours will be in place - latest traffic updates will be available here
These works will generally be carried out from Monday - Friday between 7am and 6pm and on Saturdays between 7am and 3pm, however some night works will be required.
When works are scheduled out of hours, or if you're located close to the works, the West Gate Tunnel Project will provide further information to you before these works start.
Please note that works may be rescheduled in the event of bad weather or other unavoidable circumstances.
West Gate Freeway precinct: upgrading and widening the freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. New express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge will reduce weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
Tunnels precinct: new tunnels from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River, taking motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets.
Port to City precinct: a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River and an elevated road along Footscray Road will provide direct links to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and an extended Wurundjeri Way.
The $6.7 billion project was proposed by Transurban in 2014.
The Victorian Government announced in December 2015 it would proceed with the project with planning approval granted in late 2017.
Environmental Effects Statement (EES)
The EES for the West Gate Tunnel Project looked at the potential effects of the design, its construction and operation and allowed the community to voice their concerns.
Formal submissions were invited from the community during a six week consultative period which closed in July 2017.
The EES was managed by Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and assessed 17 areas including but not limited to transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual amenity, vibration, business, ecology, social and human health.
Members of the public interested in learning more about the EES can view the West Gate Tunnel EES documentation.
This Planning Scheme Amendment was prepared by the Minister for Planning, who is the planning authority for this amendment.
The amendment was made at the request of Western Distributor Authority (WDA), an administrative office within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), to facilitate the delivery of the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The Amendment came into operation on 7 December 2017, when a notice was published in the Government Gazette. The amendment changes the planning scheme to amend the schedules to Clause 52.03 and Clause 81.01 to insert a new incorporated document titled West Gate Tunnel Project Incorporated Document, December 2017.
The amendment changes the Hobsons Bay Planning Scheme to:
- amend the Schedule to Clause 61.01 to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for the administration and enforcement of provisions of the planning schemes as they apply to the use and development of land for the project
- apply the Design and Development Overlay to land in Hobsons Bay that is above and adjacent to project infrastructure to ensure new development does not compromise the structural integrity or operation of that infrastructure
- insert Schedule 15 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO15) and Schedule 16 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO16)
- amend the Schedule to Clause 66.04 to make the Secretary to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (and the Roads Corporation from 31 December 2026) the determining referral authority for applications under DDO15 and DDO16
A copy of the Amendment can be inspected, free of charge, at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
For further information please contact Council’s Strategic planning Department on 9932 1109.
What role does Council have in the project?
The West Gate Tunnel project will have far reaching effects on the Hobsons Bay community, including how local areas look and how people travel.
View Council's endorsed position(PDF, 1MB).
Hobsons Bay City Council would like to thank the community who provided feedback during the development of Council’s position on the project.
This position document enables Council to advocate on behalf of its community to ensure that the Hobsons Bay community needs are heard and listened to and gives Council a more powerful voice during the design process.
Council is actively engaged in responding to the detailed plans and designs for this project, the Traffic Management Plans and is represented on the Community Liaison Group and the Traffic Management Liaison Group.
Community Sports and Open Space Enhancement Program
Following the release of the Minister's assessment, the Victorian Government as a part of the WGTP, agreed to partner with Hobsons Bay City Council to fund the delivery of capital improvements to its sport and recreation reserves and facilities up to the value of $5M on appropriate projects.
In February 2018, Council endorsed a Sports and Open Space Enhancement and Access Capital Improvement Program forming the West Gate Tunnel Community Legacy for the following areas:
- Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood
- WLJ Crofts Reserve, Altona North
While planning has commenced, the scopes for the proposed projects within the package are still to be finalised.
Have a Question?
Questions relating to the West Gate Tunnel Project, the EES documentation and the community information sessions should be directed to the Western Distributor Authority
Questions relating to the EES process should be directed to the Impact Assessment Unit of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (03) 8392 5503.
Questions relating to the EPA Works Approval application process should be directed to the Environment Protection Authority by calling 1300 372 842.
West Gate Tunnel Contacts
Call: 1800 105 105
Western Distributor Authority
GPO Box 4509
MELBOURNE VIC 3001