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New bridge taking shape over Tullamarine Freeway

Major works on the new 275-metre bridge at Bell Street as part of Melbourne’s CityLink Tulla Widening are underway, marking a major milestone on the $1.28 billion project.

Major works on the new 275-metre bridge at Bell Street as part of Melbourne’s CityLink Tulla Widening are underway, marking a major milestone on the $1.28 billion project.Major works on the new 275-metre bridge at Bell Street as part of Melbourne’s CityLink Tulla Widening are underway, marking a major milestone on the $1.28 billion project.

The first of 21 giant beams for the bridge has now been installed, nine metres above the road.

The new structure connects Bell Street to Pascoe Vale Road and will free up the existing bridge for freeway bound traffic. It is aimed at reducing congestion and boosting safety at the Bell Street intersection by removing a dangerous blind side merge when drivers are turning left from Bell Street onto Pascoe Vale Road.

“This new bridge will improve traffic flow along the Tulla and local roads, and make the Bell Street intersection much safer by minimising the dangerous traffic weaving that currently takes place,” said Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.

“Building the bridge section by section will help us to minimise disruption as much as possible for locals while we get on with completing this vital link.”

The bridge is a key component of the Bell Street interchange upgrade, which will improve traffic flow for local residents as well providing safer access to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.

It is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

The overall $1.28 billion CityLink Tulla Widening project is aimed at cutting travel times, improving safety, and reducing congestion by increasing capacity along the corridor by up to 30 per cent.

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