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.
The Western Roads Upgrade will improve 8 main roads across the West. We’ll also repair and resurface 37 roads and strengthen seven structures, mostly bridges.
The project has many benefits for growing communities in the western suburbs. It will:
- make it quicker, easier and safer for all road users
- give local businesses opportunities for growth by improving priority truck routes
- improve access to jobs
- improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians with more than 50 kms of walking and cycling paths, including three new overpasses along the Federation Trail.
You’ll also notice smoother surfaces and a more comfortable commute. With some works, there’ll be little noticeable difference but you can be assured that we’ll have improved the safety and longevity of the roads and bridges you rely on every day.
Melbourne's population continues to grow more than any other capital city, with 60% of that growth happening in our outer suburbs.
This upgrade will prepare your local area for its growing population and increased demands on our road network.
The Western Roads Upgrade:
- is a $1.8 billion investment to improve roads in the western suburbs
- includes a 20-year maintenance contract, which guarantees the ongoing care of 260kms of road from Footscray to Werribee.
- is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Victorian Government and project consortium, Netflow
- due to be completed in 2021
- these roads will not be toll roads.
8 road upgrades
Here's a map of the 8 major road upgrades:
Managing the environment
We understand the importance and share the value the local community places on the environment and are working hard to minimise tree removal where we can. With all major projects, we balance the need to remove vegetation and the impact to the environment, with the need to improve road safety and journey reliability.
To complete these upgrades, some trees will need to be removed to make space to build new lanes and shared cycling and walking paths. We've engaged an independent ecologist and arborist to do a comprehensive review to inform our environmental management plan.
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