We’ve added extra lanes to 24kms of the Tullamarine Freeway in each direction between the Bolte Bridge and Melbourne Airport.
We started work to upgrade the CityLink Tulla Freeway between Bulla Road and Power Street in October 2015. We finished work on this section in December 2017.
As part of Stage 1 of the upgrade, we:
- added new lanes in both directions
- added a new separated road to Bell Street from the Tullamarine and Calder freeways
- added a new Bell Street to Pascoe Vale Road connection
- upgraded the interchange at Flemington Road and Mount Alexander Road
- upgraded the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway connection
- installed a new freeway management system and incident response system.
New separated road to Bell Street
We’ve built a new, two lane road to connect the Calder and Tullamarine freeways to Bell Street. This reduces weaving, which is a major cause of congestion in this area.
If you're travelling towards the city on the Tullamarine Freeway and looking to access Bell Street, you must take the Bulla Road exit and then use the right lane to join the new road.
If you're travelling towards the city from the Calder Freeway and looking to access Bell Street, you must take a new, earlier exit at the Calder-Tulla interchange.
If you use the Bulla Road entry ramp at DFO, you can merge left to continue to Bell Street, or stay on the entry ramp to enter CityLink.
On-road signage will help guide you to the earlier Bell Street exits. If you’re leaving the freeway at these points, remember to stay alert and choose your lane early.
We’ve permanently closed the existing inbound Bell Street exit on the Tullamarine Freeway. The new, earlier exits are your last opportunity to exit before entering CityLink.
Bell Street interchange upgrade
At Bell Street interchange, we’ve:
- built a wider and longer freeway entry ramp with new traffic signals
- built a new bridge connecting Bell Street to Pascoe Vale Road.
Entry ramp signals will control the flow of traffic and ease congestion on the freeway.
Flemington Road / Mount Alexander Road interchange upgrade
We’ve made this busy interchange safer and more reliable by changing how traffic flows through the area.
As part of this upgrade, we’ve:
- added a new two lane bridge connecting Mount Alexander Road to Flemington Road
- added two new lanes on the Flemington Road exit ramp
- removed access from Lennon Street to Boundary Road
- added a new shared walking and cycling path on the Mount Alexander Road Bridge
- changed traffic light sequences throughout the interchange to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Upgrading the Bolte Bridge inbound connections to the West Gate Freeway
We’ve added extra lanes and new technology on the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway to reduce congestion and improve safety.
If you’re heading towards the city on the Bolte Bridge and plan to drive through the Burnley Tunnel and south-eastern suburbs, use the two middle lanes. On-road signage will guide you.
If you’re heading to Lorimer Street and Kings Way or west on the West Gate Freeway, there are no changes to exits.
Remember to choose your lane early, stay alert, and be aware of changed traffic conditions and reduced speed limits.
West Gate Freeway improvements
We've built an extra freeway lane and installed new technologies to help you merge more safely onto the freeway during peak times on the West Gate Freeway.
If you’re heading towards the city on the West Gate Freeway and plan to drive to Montague Street, take the Kings Way exit and stay in the right lane. The Montague Street exit will be on the right. On-road signage will guide you.
If you’re heading towards the city on the West Gate Freeway and plan to drive to Lorimer Street, take the changed Montague Street exit. Barriers will prevent direct access from the West Gate Freeway.
Access to the Montague Street exit from the West Gate Freeway has permanently changed.
Remember to stay alert and choose your lane early.
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