A second river crossing over the Maribyrnong River

We are building a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River that will link the West Gate Tunnel to an elevated roadway above Footscray Road.

This vital second river crossing will end Melbourne's reliance on the West Gate Bridge by providing new links to the port, CityLink and the city, to and from Melbourne’s west for cars and trucks.

The project will deliver:

  • a bridge over the Maribyrnong River to connect the tunnels with an elevated road above Footscray Road
  • ramps to the port at MacKenzie Road and Appleton Dock Road for direct freeway access
  • walking and cycling paths for quicker and safer cycling to the city with a new veloway and bridges over Footscray Road and Moonee Ponds Creek.

New open spaces near Moonee Ponds Creek and planting thousands of trees and other plants near walking and cycling paths and waterways.

Building the second river crossing

Innovative bridge construction methods are being used to build the Maribyrnong River bridges and ensure that we:

  • keep the river open to boats whenever possible
  • keep Mackenzie Road open for truck access to the port
  • meet all environmental requirements to protect the health of the river.

Major cycling and walking upgrades

A 2.5km veloway – a cycling highway from Footscray to Docklands – will be built to make trips quicker and safer for cyclists and new bridges over Moonee Ponds Creek and Footscray Road will remove the busy Capital City Trail crossing of Footscray Road.

There will also be a new pedestrian and cycling bridge at Dynon Road, which will make it easier to cross Moonee Ponds Creek and the rail lines to link to the broader cycling network around North Melbourne.