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Two new milestones for West Gate Tunnel

Artist impression of the northern portal of West Gate Tunnel.

The underground roadway, as well as the connection between the new bridge across Maribyrnong River and Footscray’s elevated road is now complete on the West Gate Tunnel project in Victoria.

Work is continuing to join all pieces of the project together, with the main bridge over the Maribyrnong River to create a vital second river crossing from the west. It’ll span 760 metres, featuring three lanes in each direction, and allowing motorists to seamlessly travel from the West Gate Tunnel to CityLink and the CBD.

On top of the completed the roads, the two tunnel boring machines that built the tunnels – Bella and Vida – have finished their journeys and been dismantled, alongside the 400-tonne cranes that helped remove them from deep under the ground.


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Construction crews have worked to install seven kilometres of road deck in both tunnels. Works will now move onto installing hundreds of kilometres of electrical and safety systems, while building the ground level ventilation system at the outbound tunnel exit.

Premier Jacinta Allan said the second river crossing would enable Victorians to get home quicker and safer.

“Crews have done an amazing job working around the clock under our feet and high above the ground to power ahead on this project. I want to thank them for their work in building this landmark project for our city’s west,” Allan said.

Once complete in 2025, the West Gate Tunnel will slash travel times by up to 20 minutes and take more than 9000 trucks a day off local roads in the inner west.

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