West Gate Tunnel information session
WORK on the Victorian Government’s West Gate Freeway project is forecast to be completed by the end of 2022, with easing of traffic headaches for G21 region drivers.
Addition of four lanes to the West Gate Freeway, three express lanes in both directions, provision of a second river crossing – over the Maribyrnong – and smart technology with travel information from other arterials are being hailed as major benefits for Geelong.
The government announced plans for the new tunnel project on April 2 and has flagged a series of information sessions for locations including Geelong’s Westfield Shopping Centre from 9am to 5pm on April 26.
“The West Gate Tunnel Project will mean less congestion and more reliable travel times between Geelong and Melbourne,” a ‘Benefits for Geelong’ State Government statement says.
“The project will deliver a vital second river crossing, quicker and safer journeys and remove thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge."
G21-Geelong Region Alliance has called for urgent upgrading of the Geelong-Melbourne road corridor to ease serious traffic congestion on the Princes Highway and surrounding West Gate Bridge.
The road connection to Melbourne not only supports Victoria’s largest regional city, Geelong, but also three of the state’s fastest growing municipalities in Wyndham, Surf Coast and Golden Plains. View G21’s transport links to Melbourne statement here.
Environmental Effects Statement research on the West Gate Tunnel project will be completed before being made available for public exhibition in mid-2017. Work is expected to start after issuing of planning approvals, expected later this year (2017).
People can learn more about the project, including public information session times, here. Read about the benifits to Geelong and the G21 region here. You may also wish to visit the West Gate Tunnel website here or phone 1300 280 939.
Source: Victorian Government project background information.