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 5,600 jobs during construction and deliver an $11 billion boost to Victoria's economy.

The project has three components:

  • Western Distributor: providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge with a second river crossing, improving freight access to the Port of Melbourne, increasing the capacity of the West Gate Freeway, and removing thousands of trucks from local streets.
  • Monash Freeway Upgrade: adding more than 30 kilometres of new lanes and incorporating new technology to keep the freeway flowing smoothly.
  • Webb Dock access improvements: better connecting freight from Webb Dock to the freeway network, making it easier and safer for trucks to enter the Bolte Bridge and free up space and help traffic flow on the M1.

A Reference Design for the Western Distributor was released in July 2016. Three tenderers are currently preparing bids to design and construct the Western Distributor. An Environment Effects Statement (EES) is being prepared, with 17 specialist studies being undertaken to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts. Public exhibition of the EES is expected in 2017.

Construction on both the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the Webb Dock access improvements is underway, with both expected to be completed in 2018.

More information

For more information and projects updates visit the Western Distributor Project website.

Page last updated: 15 December 2016