CityLink Tulla Widening

Photograph showing work underway near Pascoe Vale Road exit to add a new lane in each direction of the freeway as part of the CityLink Tulla Widening projectThe $1.3 billion CityLink Tulla Widening project has been jointly financed by the Victorian Government, the Federal Government and CityLink operator Transurban. This major infrastructure project will reduce travel times and improve safety on CityLink and the Tullamarine freeway, creating better traffic flow from Melbourne Airport through the city and across the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway. Work began in October 2015. The project will create around 1,400 jobs during construction, and will be fully completed in 2018.

With an estimated 25,000 extra vehicles predicted to be using this major road network every day by 2031, this is an important investment in Victoria's future. These major upgrades will increase freeway capacity by 30 per cent, reduce travel times by up to 17 minutes, reduce the number of commercial vehicles on our local roads, and reduce casualty crashes by up to 20 per cent.

The project will upgrade 24 kilometres of freeway, from Melbourne Airport to Southbank. At least one extra lane in each direction will be added from the airport to the West Gate Freeway, including extra lanes on the Bolte Bridge. Intersections at Flemington Road, Bell Street, English Street and Mickleham Road will be upgraded, as well as a new Bell Street to Pascoe Vale Road bridge connection, two dedicated lanes to Bell Street from the Calder and Tullamarine freeways, and a dedicated lane from the Tullamarine Freeway and Mickleham Road to the Western Ring Road.

New freeway management systems are being installed to control the flow of traffic and provide drivers with safer and faster routes. The system is a mix of information signage, stop / go lights on entry ramps, CCTV cameras and automatic incident detection systems. Overhead signs inform drivers of changes in speed limit, lane closures and advance warning of incidents.

The project is being delivered in two sections:

  • Melbourne Airport to Bulla Road, managed by VicRoads, and
  • Bulla Road to Power Street, managed by Transurban.

More information

For more information and updates on project works visit the CityLink Tulla Widening Project website.

Page last updated: 15 December 2016