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Posted on: 10 Aug, 2016

ICN Gateway - Western Distributor

Author: Open Innovation West

The Victorian Government is partnering with Transurban to build the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project, which includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade and upgrades to Webb Dock.

The Western Distributor will provide a vital second river crossing, immediate time savings of up to 20 minutes a day and improve access to the Port of Melbourne.

It will also create 5,600 jobs and deliver an $11 billion boost to Victoria's economy.

Key features include:

  • Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes between the M80 and Williamstown Road
  • A tunnel under Yarraville and a second river crossing
  • An elevated road along Footscray Road with direct links to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the western edge of the CBD
  • The longest managed motorway network in Australia running from Geelong to Pakenham
  • New cycling and pedestrian paths including completion of the Federation Trail

The Victorian Government is committed to maximising the job and economic benefits generated by the project for local businesses.

By registering an expression of interest with ICN, businesses from Melbourne and Victoria have the opportunity to participate in this major project.

Project Website 

Current Status

  • Three shortlisted consortia have been invited to tender for the project with tenders closing in late 2016.
  • Subject to the project approval process, the contractor will be appointed in late 2017.
  • Construction is expected to start in late 2017 and the project complete and open to traffic in 2022.


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