The Andrews Labor Government is reducing road congestion and boosting reliability with new lanes opening on CityLink, the West Gate and Tullamarine Freeways this week.
More than 20 kilometres of new lanes will be progressively opened across the week between Bulla Road and Power Street.
An extra inbound lane will be opened between Bulla Road and Flemington Road on Wednesday, followed by an extra lane outbound between Flemington Road and Bulla Road on Thursday.
New lanes will open on the West Gate Freeway on Friday, including a new inbound lane between Montague Street and Power Street, and an extra freeway lane connecting the Bolte Bridge exit to the Burnley Tunnel.
The new lanes connect with lanes opened earlier this year as part of the Labor Government’s CityLink Tulla Widening Project, boosting capacity where it is needed most.
Crews have clocked over three million work hours to build the extra lanes and upgrade key interchanges for the 200,000 drivers who rely on these roads every day.
More work is to be completed before drivers experience the full benefits of the project, with overnight construction and resurfacing works continuing until early next year.
When complete, drivers can expect to save 16 minutes in the morning peak and 17 minutes in the afternoon peak between the airport and the CBD.
The CityLink Tulla Widening project is upgrading 24 kilometres of freeway from Melbourne Airport to Power Street in Southbank and is creating 1400 jobs.
The upgrade is on track for completion as scheduled in 2018.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“We’re opening these new lanes ahead of schedule so that drivers don’t have to wait to experience some of the benefits of the CityLink Tulla Widening Project.”
“These new lanes will help to give drivers a smoother and more reliable journey to and from the city, while work continues on this vital project.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020