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by Matt Brogan

Melbourne Motorists, already subjected to months of delays with the Eastlink Project, now face even more mayhem over the coming 18 months as the Westgate Freeway is upgraded.


Said to be the largest state-funded road project in Victoria’s history, it is set to topple the budget at a staggering $1.39 billion. Increased costs in labour, materials, after hours work, drainage, gas and electricity infrastructure relocations being blamed for the spiraling costs.

An additional exit ramp is to be built from the Bolte Bridge to take traffic toward the Burnley Tunnel which will see the Montague Street city-bound ramp at South Melbourne closed for in excess of 18 months from May 18.

More lanes and an extensive widening of the freeway to Kings Way will also be included.

The overall aim of the project is to create a smoother flowing corridor for the 160,000 motorists who use the West Gate Freeway every day.

Detours will be in place at Normanby Road, Clarendon Street, City Road and Power Street to access CityLink. For full details, contact VicRoads.