If you have driven through the Williamstown Road interchange recently, you will have noticed plenty of construction activity taking place in the area.
West Gate Tunnel crews have been hard at work building massive concrete columns to support two new ramps that will connect the West Gate Freeway and Hyde Street. The ramps will provide trucks that are not able to travel through the West Gate Tunnel, direct access to industrial areas and keep them off local inner-west roads.
In order to build the columns, the Williamstown Road interchange was regularly closed overnight throughout April and May to provide crews a safe working environment.
Over the coming weeks, crews will be installing concrete bridge beams on top of the columns ahead of road building activities. As these major works progress, there will be ongoing closures of the Williamstown Road interchange.
“We want to thank the community for driving safely and remaining patient as the crews continue to work hard to build the two new Hyde Street ramps,” CEO of the West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Peter Sammut said.
“We are particularly grateful to drivers for their patience throughout April and May as crews worked tirelessly to progress these vital works to get us one step closer to providing a direct connection for trucks to local industry and get them off local roads.”
In addition to the new Hyde Street ramps, a new elevated walking and cycling path is being built that will extend the Federation Trail through to Hyde Street.
Going over Williamstown Road and running alongside the new Hyde Street exit ramp, the separated bridge structure will also connect the path to the ground level at the Stony Creek Reserve north of Hall Street and include a connection to Spotswood Train Station.
This new connection is part of the 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling infrastructure the West Gate Tunnel Project is building to provide locals more options to move around the community.
Stay up to date on all upcoming closures by visiting Victoria’s Big Build: https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions