West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel Project is a city-shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, reducing congestion and travel time from Melbourne's west and south east.

The project will include:

  • widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes and include express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, reducing weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
  • a tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne which will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.
  • a bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.
  • state-of-the-art smart technology across the length of the project linking it to other freeway management systems across the city.

Construction will begin after planning approvals are expected to be finalised later in 2017 – with works to be completed by the end of 2022.

Video: West Gate Tunnel Project

Explore the design in more detail through the West Gate Tunnel interactive map.

For further information on the status of this project, visit the West Gate Tunnel Project website.