Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway improvements
We are improving traffic conditions and safety on the Bolte Bridge by adding capacity where it is most needed. We are also implementing a freeway management system to help manage traffic flow.
Key changes include:
- Adding an extra lane each way on the Bolte Bridge.
- Adding an extra lane on the exit ramp that takes traffic from the Bolte Bridge onto the West Gate Freeway and through to the Burnley Tunnel and south eastern suburbs.
- Adding an extra lane on the West Gate Freeway between the Bolte Bridge and the Burnley Tunnel (inbound only).
We are moving into the next stage of the West Gate Freeway upgrade between the Bolte Bridge and Power Street. We are shifting the existing inbound work zone and removing the existing outbound work zone in preparation for major construction activities over the coming summer holiday period.
- From 28 November to 26 December construction crews will undertake a range of preparation works on the West Gate Freeway ahead of major upgrade activities planned for 26 December 2016 to 13 January 2017.
- Most of the preparation works will take place during the day time behind concrete safety barriers.
- Drivers can expect some overnight freeway and ramp closures and changed traffic conditions on the West Gate Freeway, including inbound traffic diversions via Kings Way.
- Drivers heading towards the city on the West Gate Freeway will see the work zone set up in the middle of the four inbound freeway lanes shift to the median strip that separates the inbound and outbound traffic lanes on the freeway.
- Drivers heading away from the city towards the Bolte Bridge or West Gate Freeway will see the work zone set up on the Kings Way entry ramp has been removed.
- We don't expect any additional delays on your morning peak commute into the city
Heading into the city
When travelling towards the city you will see the existing work zone at Lorimer Street shift from the middle of the four inbound traffic lanes of the freeway to the median strip separating the inbound and outbound traffic lanes of the freeway.
If you are travelling on the West Gate Freeway and wanting to exit at Lorimer Street/Kings Way, continue to travel in the left lane and merge with traffic from the Bolte Bridge.
We don't expect any additional delays on your morning peak commute into the city.
We are installing concrete barriers, adding new line marking and reducing speed limits on the freeway to keep you and work crews safe during construction.
We will continue to use the temporary ramp signal system to control the flow of traffic merging from the Lorimer Street/Kings Way exit ramp from the Bolte Bridge onto the West Gate Freeway. This will help you merge as safely as possible.
Heading out of the city
When travelling away from the city towards the Bolte Bridge or the West Gate Bridge you will see that the temporary work zone set up on the Kings Way entry ramp has been removed.
You will also see the ramp signalling we temporarily removed on the Kings Way entry ramp re-installed.
Driving safely through the work zone
Concrete barriers and adding new line marking will keep you and work crews safe during construction.
We are using variable speed limits and lane use management systems (LUMS) to help control the flow of traffic. On-road signage will also help guide you safely through the road work zone.
Our construction crews will be working during the day behind the concrete safety barriers so don't forget to travel safely through our work areas, follow on-road signage and obey the reduced speed limits.
We strongly encourage you to plan your journey, allow extra travel time and even consider alternative routes or transport mode.
What are the alternative routes heading into the city?
From the West Gate Bridge
- Geelong Road to Footscray Road (this route includes a low bridge on Napier Street between McNab Avenue and Hyde Street)
- Williamstown Road to Footscray Road (this route includes a low bridge on Napier Street between McNab Avenue and Hyde Street)
- Todd Road to Lorimer Street.
From CityLink / Bolte Bridge
- Footscray Road exit to Wurundjeri Way
- Dynon Road exit to King Street.
What's involved in the upgrade?
This diagram highlights key improvements being made to the Bolte Bridge to West Gate Freeway as part of the CityLink Tulla Widening project.
Why are improvements needed?
Currently, the number of vehicles wishing to use the ramp from the Bolte Bridge towards the Burnley Tunnel is higher than its capacity. This results in long queues in the centre lane on the Bridge that can stretch back to Footscray Road.
Traffic in this lane is much slower than those in neighbouring lanes, posing a safety risk that has contributed to some 400 crashes on the Bolte Bridge between 2008 and 2013.
Merging and weaving is a safety issue
This project will reduce crashes by adding an extra lane from the Bolte Bridge to the Burnley Tunnel to reduce queue lengths on the Bridge and the weaving and merging that happens when people try to 'queue jump' to access the centre lane.
The upgrade will also extend the physical separation of vehicles entering the West Gate Freeway from the Bolte Bridge and those already travelling on the West Gate Bridge towards the tunnel to reduce merging and weaving and keep traffic in dedicated lanes.
These changes will see more consistent and reliable travel times reducing frustration for drivers currently experiencing vastly different travel times from one day to the next.
Keeping the community informed
We are advertising all major work in advance. Details of all traffic impacts are posted on this website and on the @citylinkmelb and @vicroads Twitter accounts. You can also follow us on Instagram @ctwidening.
On-road signage will advise motorists of recommended alternative routes and real-time traffic information where available.
- Bolte Bridge to West Gate Freeway Upgrade fact sheet PDF, 985.3 KB.
- Bolte Bridge to West Gate Freeway Upgrade - September works update PDF, 616.4 KB
If you have any questions about the upgrades to the Bolte Bridge to West Gate Freeway connections contact us at 1300 783 947 (select option 1) or firstname.lastname@example.org.