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Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway

Bolte Bridge improvements

We’ve opened a new lane on the exit ramp from the Bolte Bridge to the Burnley Tunnel/south-eastern suburbs, changing how you exit the bridge.

The new lane on this exit will connect to a new lane on the West Gate Freeway later this year.

Together, these improvements will create space where it’s needed most, while reducing queues and accidents.

Over the coming months, drivers can expect to see more changes as crews work towards completing the West Gate Freeway upgrade by late 2017.

How it works

  • If you're travelling towards the city on the Bolte Bridge and looking to access the Burnley Tunnel/south-eastern suburbs, use the two middle lanes. On-road signage will help guide you.
  • There are no changes to exits for drivers heading to Lorimer Street/Kings Way or out west on the West Gate Freeway.

Don't forget to choose your lane early, stay alert, and be aware of changed traffic conditions, including reduced speed limits.

West Gate Freeway improvements

We're moving into a busy time on the West Gate Freeway, with crews working hard to finish the extra freeway lane and install new technologies that will help drivers merge smoothly and safely onto the freeway during peak times.

Access to the Montague Street exit from the West Gate Freeway has permanently changed.

How it works

  • If you're travelling towards the city on the West Gate Freeway and looking to access Montague Street, you need to take the Kings Way exit, and stay in the right lane. The Montague Street exit will be on the right. On-road signage will help guide you.
  • If you miss the exit, you will need to continue on the freeway and exit at Power Street. Temporary on-road signage will be in place on Power Street to quickly guide you back to Montague Street.
  • If you're travelling towards the city on the West Gate Freeway and looking to access Lorimer Street, you need to take the changed Montague Street exit. Barriers will prevent direct access from the West Gate Freeway.

Don't forget to choose your lane early, stay alert, and be aware of changed traffic conditions, including reduced speed limits.

Why the upgrades are needed

Upgrades to the Bolte Bridge and the West Gate Freeway will help improve safety and traffic flow, and add capacity in one of Melbourne's busiest stretches of freeway, which carries around 200,000 vehicles daily.

These upgrades will help Melbourne move better and to provide more reliable and consistent travel times for drivers:

  • At the Bolte Bridge-West Gate Freeway interchange
    • An extra lane is being added on the exit ramp from the Bolte Bridge to the West Gate Freeway, cutting queues on the Bolte Bridge.
  • From the Bolte Bridge-West Gate Freeway interchange to Power Street
    • An extra lane is being built inbound on the West Gate Freeway from the Bolte Bridge to the Burnley Tunnel, adding space where it's needed to keep traffic flowing.
    • Drivers entering the West Gate Freeway from the Bolte Bridge will be physically separated from those already travelling from the West Gate Bridge towards the Tunnel to reduce merging and weaving which can cause crashes.

We are also installing a state-of-the-art freeway management system to further improve traffic flow and create a safer, smarter freeway.

When these upgrades are finished in late 2017, drivers will see more consistent and reliable travel times, reducing frustration for drivers currently experiencing vastly different travel times from one day to the next.

Fact sheets

Questions?

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 ctwbullatopower@cpbcon.com.au.