Western Distributor Project

The $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project provides a network-wide solution to reducing congestion along the M1 corridor from Geelong to Pakenham. The project will create around 5600 jobs during construction and deliver an $11 billion boost to Victoria's economy. It will slash congestion, improve productivity, reduce travel times and take trucks off residential streets.

There are three interrelated projects – the Western Distributor, Monash Freeway Upgrade and Webb Dock Access improvements.

Western Distributor

As Melbourne's second river crossing, the Western Distributor will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge. It will provide direct freight access to the Port of Melbourne – removing thousands of trucks from local streets and off the West Gate Freeway.

The Western Distributor is currently in the planning and development phase. This includes tender evaluations and preparing an Environment Effects Statement.

Western Distributor-Reference Design - YouTube

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Monash Freeway Upgrade

The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add more than 30 km of new lanes between Eastlink and Clyde Road, and install new technology to keep traffic flowing smoothly from Chadstone to Pakenham.

The upgrade has been underway since 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Monash Freeway Upgrade - YouTube

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Web Dock Access improvements

Web Dock Access improvements will better connect freight from Melbourne's Webb Dock to the freeway network. The improvements will make it easier and safer for trucks to enter the Bolte Bridge, free up space on the M1 and help traffic flow.

Works have been underway since 2016 and are expected to be completed in 2018.

Want to know more?

Visit the Western Distributor Project website to find out more about these three major projects.

Page last updated: 24 January 2017