We're upgrading 8 main roads in Melbourne's west as well as improving and maintaining more than 260km of road from Footscray to Werribee.

Current works

We’ve started work on the Hyde Street Bridge, on Hyde Street Spotswood, near the West Gate Bridge.

The bridge will be upgraded to improve safety. We're installing corrosion protection, which uses electrical currents to protect steel and reinforced concrete from corrosion. We'll also remove existing barriers on the bridge and replace them with new safety barriers, designed to modern standards. We'll work underneath the bridge and at road level. There'll be temporary lane closures and some full overnight road closures as part of this work. The work is due to be completed in early March 2019.

Upgrading bridges

As part of the upgrade, we'll be strengthening structures within the arterial road network in the west. This includes 5 bridges, an overpass and a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road or railway).

This work will extend the life of the structures and improve safety.

In some cases, we'll remove the existing barriers on the bridge and pedestrian approaches and replace them with new safety barriers designed to modern safety standards.

Some bridges will also need to be strengthened and protected against corrosion.

Corrosion or cathodic protection will protect the metal bridge supports from rust and deterioration. This type of system is used all over the world to protect pipelines, water treatment plants, above and below water storage tanks, ship and boat hulls, offshore production platforms and reinforcement bars in concrete structures and piers.

Work will happen under the bridges and at road level.

The structures

The structures include:

  • Hyde Street Bridge, Spotswood (over Stony Creek)
  • Ballarat Road Bridge, Flemington (Lynch’s Bridges, over Maribyrnong River)
  • Queen Street Bridge, Altona (over Laverton Creek)
  • Geelong Road Bridge, Brooklyn (over Kororoit Creek)
  • Kororoit Creek Road Bridge, Altona (over Cherry Creek)
  • Geelong Road pedestrian overpass (near Lewis Street)
  • Heaths Road Werribee, pipe culvert

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