$1.3 billion upgrade to CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway

$1.3 billion upgrade to CityLink and Tullamarine FreewayAdditional lanes will be added to CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway in a bid to reduce congestion and travel times.

The Victorian Government and Transurban have signed an agreement to deliver the $1.3 billion, 24-kilometre-long CityLink Tulla Widening Project.

Minister for Roads and Safety Luke Donnellan said in a statement that the upgrade, from Power Street in Southbank to Melbourne Airport will save business thousands of hours a month, and save commuters time.

“On average, drivers will save 16 minutes in the morning peak and 17 minutes in the afternoon peak—if you’re flying interstate for business in the morning and coming back in the evening, our upgrade will save you over half an hour on the road,” Mr. Donnellan said in the statement.

The project will also include a new bridge over the freeway at Bell Street, major improvements to the English Street interchange and the widening of the entry ramp from the Bolte Bridge to the West Gate Freeway.

The project will be delivered in two sections, with Melbourne Airport to Bulla Road managed by VicRoads and Bulla Road to Power Street managed by Transurban.

Major construction will start in October 2015 and is due for completion in 2018.

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