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.

Completed works

We’ve completed works to strengthen and improve safety at the Hyde Street Bridge, on Hyde Street Spotswood, near the West Gate Bridge.

We've installed corrosion protection, which uses electrical currents to protect steel and reinforced concrete from corrosion, removed the existing barriers on the bridge and replaced them with new concrete safety barriers, designed to modern standards.

Current works

We’ve started works on the Ballarat Road bridges across the Maribyrnong River, strengthening the piers and bringing the barriers up to modern standards. Reduced speed limits are in place over the bridge and the footpath and cycle lane on the outbound bridge are closed until February, with detours in place. While we work, we will ensure we’re protecting the art deco features of the bridge.

Works have also started on the bridge on Kororoit Creek Road, Altona, over Cherry Creek.  We’ve completed works closest to the road, with all lanes now open. We’ll continue to work behind barriers until the completion of works in March 2020. We may need to close lanes for short periods while we complete the works.

We’ve also started work on the Geelong Road pedestrian overpass, near Lewis Street. We will change turning movements in this area to improve road safety and reduce the risk of serious crashes. We will be changing the access to and from Lewis Street and Geelong Road. One lane in each direction on Geelong Road will be closed until May 2020, allowing us to safely complete the works.

Major works to strengthen the Queen Street bridge in Altona (over Laverton Creek) will begin in early January. To complete these works, we’ll need to close one lane of the bridge with motorists crossing the bridge via a contraflow. Cyclists will be able to cross the bridge during works.

Visit Victoria's Big Build to see all these disruptions and plan your journey.

Upgrading bridges

As part of the upgrade, we'll be strengthening five bridges, an overpass and a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road or railway) in the western suburbs.

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). Works completed.
  • Ballarat Road Bridge, Flemington (Lynch’s Bridges, over Maribyrnong River). Works commenced.
  • Queen Street Bridge, Altona (over Laverton Creek). Major works begin in January 2020.
  • Geelong Road Bridge, Brooklyn (over Kororoit Creek).
  • Kororoit Creek Road Bridge, Altona (over Cherry Creek). Works commenced.
  • Geelong Road pedestrian overpass (near Lewis Street). Works commenced.
  • Heaths Road Werribee, pipe culvert.

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