The Andrews Labor Government is taking the first steps to reduce truck traffic on local streets in the inner west.
Seven construction companies have been shortlisted to build the West Gate Distributor Stage 1. The Expressions of Interest process closed late February with submissions received from a strong field.
Significant work has already been completed on Stage 1 of the project. Investigations and planning are complete and Stage 1 is ready to be delivered, with benefits for the community and freight industry.
Stage 1 works is taking the first steps to take trucks off local streets in the inner west, free up valuable road space for commuters and accommodate freight traffic.
The West Gate Distributor Stage 1 will widen Moreland St, signalise the intersection at Footscray Rd and Moreland St, and widen and strengthen Shepherd Bridge over the Maribyrnong River.
Upgrading Shepherd Bridge and Footscray Rd will address the traffic bottleneck, saving travel time and improving freight productivity and efficiency.
The Government expects to award the contract mid-year with construction to commence shortly after.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan
“We’re taking the first steps to reduce truck traffic on local streets in the inner west.”
“Stage 1 works will cut travel times, reduce congestion and make the commute in Melbourne’s inner west more reliable.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020