2 April 2024

From January 2024, the West Gate Tunnel Project has been building the elevated walking and cycling path along Harris Street over Whitehall Street.

We’ll need to  change traffic flow in the area before the permanent change of closing Harris Street between Hyde Street and Cowper Street is implemented.

What we’ll be doing

When we’ll be working

We’ll be working from April–December 2024.

Work hours are Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 2.30pm. Various night shifts to be scheduled between 8pm to 5am for bridge segment deliveries.

Building the Harris Street walking and cycling path is due to start be completed in December 2024.

The next phase of these works will include pavementupgrades, crosshead construction, delivering and lifting precast beams for bridge construction, cladding, balustrading, deck pours, and painting works.

Building the Harris St and Cowper St intersection curb will also take place over the coming months which will involve a temporary Harris St closure. We’ll be in touch before these works begin.

What to expect

  • Harris Street remains closed between Cowper and Whitehall Streets.
  • No right turns from Cowper St onto Harris St in April.
  • Left turns into Cowper St from Harris St allowed
  • Overnight disruptions on Whitehall St to safely deliver the large bridge segments between 8pm–5am.

We want locals to keep enjoying Yarraville Gardens, Kindred Studios and Kindred Café so we have establisheddetours to help you find your way.
Please see the map for detours during stage one and keep up your support of local traders.

Other works in the area

Maribyrnong City Council (MCC) is planning to carry out works on Cowper St between Harris St and Lyons St in April 2024, at the same time as the West Gate Tunnel Project works. We’ve worked closely with the council to help coordinate both works to help minimise disruption to the community.

  • Redeveloping Cowper St will create shared open green spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy, as well as improving safety and accessibility for all road users.

WGTP works on Hyde St are due to commence in late 2024, including asphalting and line marking.

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information about the project, call us on 1800 105 105 24 hours a day

Sign up for regular project updates at West Gate Tunnel Project.

Impact Date *Dates subject to change

Construction noise on Harris Street and from within the Northern Portal on the corner of Whitehall Street and Somerville Road.

Construction on Harris Street will take place between 7am–5pm, while works within the Northern Portal will continue to be 24/7.

Minor vibration may occur inside the Northern Portal during piling works required for column construction. We’ll be closely monitoring this at all times.

From April to December 2024

Construction vehicle movements in the area including:

  • Various sized vehicles including oversized trucks.
  • Crane parts transportation.
  • Construction materials will be transported to build the bridge, including 40m long beams.
  • From April to December 2024

    Overnight disruptions on Whitehall Street between 8pm–5am at various times during these works to facilitate the delivery of the large precast bridge segments.

    Businesses in the area are notified of closures before the works start.

    We’ll inform local communities of closures via Victoria's Big Build Disruptions Map , social media and email updates.

    From April to December 2024
    Stage one works: The current set up will remain until May 2024 where Harris Street is fully closed between Cowper Street and Whitehall Street.
    No right turns from Cowper Street onto Harris Street from April. Drivers will be able to travel one way on Cowper Street towards Lyons Street.
     April - May 2024
    Stage two works:

    Drivers will be able to travel one way on Harris Street from Whitehall Street to Cowper Street. No right turns from Cowper Street onto Harris Street. Drivers will be able to travel one way on Cowper Street towards Lyons Street.

    May to June 2024

    Stage three works:

    Drivers will be able to travel one-way on Harris Street in the direction of Whitehall Street to Cowper Street.
    Harris Street permanently closed between Hyde Street and Cowper Street. Two bus stops on Hyde Street will be closed which will affect bus route 409.

    From July - mid-December 2024