Mickleham Road interchange upgrade

Map showing the upgrades to the Mickleham Road interchange.

Map showing the upgrades to the Mickleham Road interchange.

About the project

The interchange struggles to cope with current demand. Heavy weaving and a high volume of merges at entry ramps causes congestion in peak hours. The entry from Mickleham Road can back up for kilometres.

We are upgrading the interchange to reduce weaving and ease congestion. We are also making it easier to access the Tullamarine Freeway.

This will help the interchange cope with the current and future demand. It will also provide more reliable travel times for local residents and those accessing the airport.

About the interchange upgrade

The upgrade will include:

  • a new, dedicated lane between Mickleham Road and the M80 Ring Road
  • a new lane from the Tullamarine Freeway to the M80 before the Mickleham Road entry
  • an extra lane on the Mickleham Road entry to the Tullamarine Freeway
  • new ramp signals on the Mickleham Road entry
  • elevating the Tullamarine Freeway link to the M80 to cross over Mickleham Road.

Project benefits

Once the interchange upgrade is complete, road users will benefit from:

  • reduced weaving on the freeway
  • additional lanes to accommodate the volumes of traffic, including in the surrounding growth areas
  • less congestion
  • more reliable travel times along the length of the freeway.

Project update

Works began underneath the Tullamarine Freeway on Saturday 17 September. The bridge is being strengthened to accommodate the widening of the Freeway above. Ongoing lane closures and ramp closures will affect drivers using the Mickleham Road Interchange.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time if you are driving through the Mickleham Road interchange.

Stage 1 (September 2016 – early 2018)

Lane and Ramp Closures

Ongoing lane and ramp closures will continue on Mickleham Road underneath the Tullamarine Freeway until early 2018. These measures are necessary to allow the works to take place safely.

Right Turn Closures

Map showing the lane closures on Mickleham Road.

Travelling towards city

Northbound traffic on Mickleham Road will not be able to turn right onto the Tullamarine Freeway via the inbound entry ramp. The signed detour will be via Mickleham Road using the Broadmeadows Road roundabout, back down Mickleham Road and entering via the Tulla Freeway entry ramp. This diversion will add up to an additional 10 minutes to your travel time. Drivers who are already aware of the closure can choose to travel south down Mickleham Road and get onto the Tulla via Melrose Drive and Wirraway Road.

This alternative route will add up to an extra five minutes to your travel time. Please plan your journey and allow extra time.

Travelling towards airport

One right turn lane for southbound motorists heading towards the airport will be closed.  This will create additional congestion and queuing. Delays of up to five minutes are expected in peak times.  Drivers heading to the airport may choose to continue south along Mickleham Road to Airport Drive, via Melrose Drive and Sharps Road.

Pedestrian detour

Pedestrian access will be closed on the eastern side of Mickleham Road during Stage 1. Pedestrians will need to cross to the western side and use the traffic signals at International Drive in the north or at the intersection south of the Tullamarine Freeway. We urge pedestrians to use traffic signals and cross safely. Pedestrian detours will change several times throughout works however access under the bridge will always be maintained.

Map showing pedestrian detour due to the closure of the eastern footpath.

Stage 2 (early 2017 – late 2017)

Lane closures

From early 2017, the works will move to the centre of Mickleham Road and the inside lanes will be closed, diverting traffic to the outside lanes.

Pedestrian detour

Pedestrian access will be returned to the east side for Stage 2. Detours will be signposted and available on this website.

If possible avoid the area during peak times or seek alternative routes.

Community feedback

In July 2015, we asked the Gladstone Park community what they thought about the project. Residents' key concerns are:

  • future noise levels
  • the removal of road-side trees (although some residents are happy to see the trees go)
  • impacts during construction
  • the proximity of the new elevated road to properties.

We are referencing this feedback as we develop the final designs. We will share the final designs with residents before commencing any construction.

Fact sheets

The following print-friendly fact sheets are available:


If you have any questions about what's happening at Mickleham Road then please contact us on 1300 783 947 (select option 2) or citylinktullawidening@roads.vic.gov.au.