Motorists should brace for pain as works ramp up on the West Gate Tunnel.
A month of intensive construction will start on September 17 as the West Gate Freeway is widened from eight to 12 lanes.
Motorists are being advised to plan ahead and expect 15 minute delays as construction is carried out at the M80, Grieve Parade and Williamstown Road interchanges.
Work will happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Traffic impacts include:
– Closure of the Princes Freeway to Geelong Road citybound ramp;
– Closure of the Grieve Parade citybound entry ramp, and a southbound lane on Grieve Parade; and
– A ban on left turns from the Williamstown Road westbound exit ramp onto Melbourne Road, with this ramp occasionally closed at night.
Lanes and motorists will be shifted at different sections of the freeway so construction sites can be set up in existing lanes.
From mid-September, as motorists approach the Williamstown Road outbound exit, the four lanes will split and then merge back together past Williamstown Road.
Drivers can exit the freeway at Millers Road after the lanes have merged.
From late October, as motorists approach the Williamstown Road inbound exit, the four lanes will split and then merge back together past Williamstown Road.