First Steps To Cut Congestion On The Tulla

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are reducing congestion on one of Melbourne’s busiest roads, calling for expressions of interest for the airport end of the CityLink Tulla Widening Project .

The EOI is for the 8km section from Bulla Road to the airport. The process will shortlist suitable, experienced construction companies ahead of the formal tender process expected to commence mid-year.

The work will add new traffic lanes, upgrade key interchanges and introduce a freeway management system including ramp signalling and variable messaging signs.

On average, drivers will save 16 minutes in the morning peak and 17 minutes in the afternoon peak.

If you’re flying interstate for business in the morning and coming back in the evening, the upgrade will save you over half an hour on the road.

A contractor has already been appointed to construct the section from Bulla Road to Power Street. Major construction will start in October 2015 and is due for completion in 2018.

The Australian Government is contributing $200 million and the Victorian Government is contributing $72.8 million towards the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway.

Quotes Attributable to the Minister for Road Safety, Luke Donnellan

“We’re getting on with the projects that Victoria needs, so people spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families.”

“This will create jobs and boost the reliability of one of our busiest roads.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss

“The CityLink Tulla Widening project will support Victoria’s economy by improving a major corridor for transporting freight and airport traffic.”

 “The widening of the road will also mean it has the capacity to deal with the extra almost 30,000 vehicles that are predicted to use the road every day by 2031.”