Building better roads
The Napthine Government is investing in roads across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to improve overall road safety and access and ease congestion.
This Budget will provide an additional $370 million to maintain, restore and improve our road network.
East West Link – completing the Western section
The Napthine Government will complete the East West Link to relieve chronic traffic congestion in Melbourne’s inner north and west, unlocking the western suburbs growth corridor.
The Western section, delivering the much needed alternate route to the West Gate Bridge will commence construction in late 2015 creating 3000 jobs at the peak of construction.
Tendering for the Eastern section is already underway with works expected to commence in late 2014. The construction of this section will create 3200 jobs.
Up to $850 million will be invested in partnership with the private sector to widen the western section of CityLink.
This project will complement the Airport Rail Link with new lanes and improved operations getting people and goods from the CBD and the Port of Melbourne to the airport faster.
A minimum of one extra lane will be added to each side of the freeway as well as an additional lane for traffic heading inbound (from the Tullamarine Freeway, just north of English Street to the Bolte Bridge).
This project will create around 700 jobs during the peak of construction.
Princes Highway West duplication project
The Napthine Government will provide $362 million to duplicate 37 kilometres of highway between Winchelsea and Colac.
This will support around 250 new jobs during the peak of construction.
“We are investing in state-shaping road infrastructure, easing congestion, benefiting regional and urban commuters, securing our freight transport network
and creating new jobs.”
Denis Napthine MP, Premier