Footscray Road citybound carriageway between Dock Link Road and Appleton Dock Road will be closed 24/7 from 8pm, Saturday 27 May to 5am, Friday 16 June 2023
Note: Footscray Road will be closed in both directions overnight between Dock Link road and Appleton Dock Road on Saturday 27 May from 8pm to 7am so crews can set up the new walking and cycling path alignment.
The westbound lanes will then open from 7am, Sunday 28 May.
Detour via Dynon Road for eastbound travel.
Why the closure is needed
We are approaching the final stages of works at Footscray Road, with more than 70% of the new elevated road above Footscray Road now complete. The launching gantry will now make its final journey above the citybound carriageway over Footscray Road as it continues to build the new connections to CityLink, Dynon Road and Footscray Road.
To ensure the safety of all road users and our crews, Footscray Road will be closed in the citybound direction.
From 7am Sunday 28 May, there will be changes to how drivers and cyclists use Footscray Road.
For drivers travelling along Footscray Road westbound, after passing Appleton Dock Road, Footscray Road will be reduced from three to two lanes, and travel under the elevated road. Footscray Road westbound will then revert to three lanes after Dock Link Road.
There will be no left and right turns allowed at the Dock Link Road /Footscray Road intersection.
Pedestrians and cyclists
From Appleton Dock Road, pedestrians and cyclists travelling westbound along the path will also be diverted underneath the elevated structure. The path will travel under the elevated road before joining back up to the original shared path at the Dock Link Road intersection.
Barriers will be in place to separate path users from road traffic. There will also be lighting to illuminate the path.
Why are the changes in place
The changes will be in place to create a new worksite on the existing lanes while keeping the road and path open, and drivers, pedestrians and cyclists safe while we build a new ramp which will connect Appleton Dock Road to the elevated road.
To set up these changes, Footscray Road will be closed between Dock Link road and Appleton Dock Road overnight on Saturday 27 May from 8pm to 7am.
Detour signage and lane markings will be in place to guide all users.
Dynon Road will be closed in both directions between CityLink and Dryburgh Street from 8pm, Friday 16 June until 7am, Thursday 31 August.
There will also be rail disruptions while we work on the road over the rail line.
Buses will replace trains on the Werribee, Williamstown and Sunbury lines from 8:30pm Friday 23rd June to last service Sunday 9 July
Why this closure is needed
As part of building the new city connections from the West Gate Tunnel, we will be widening and strengthening Dynon Road. This will provide a new way to travel between the city and the west.
We will be working in the section of Dynon Road that spans across the rail lines, with construction machinery working directly above.
To ensure the safety of all road users, rail passengers and work crews, we need to close Dynon Road in both directions, and the rail lines underneath, as the work is carried out.
Significant delays are expected while this work is carried out.
Detour for drivers
Detour via Whitehall Street, Footscray Road and Dudley Street for both citybound and westbound travel.
Follow the detour signs and allow an extra 20 minutes travel time.
From Friday 23 June for 2.5 weeks, buses will replace trains on the Williamstown, Werribee, and Sunbury Metro Train lines.
Significant delays are expected – please reconsider your need to travel during peak periods, or consider working from home if you can.
Bus replacement services will run on these lines:
Williamstown, Werribee lines (between Flagstaff, Newport and Williamstown Stations) and Sunbury line (between North Melbourne and Sunshine stations):
- From 8.30pm Friday 23 June to last service Sunday 9 July
Sunbury line (between North Melbourne and Sunbury stations)
- From 8.30pm Friday 16 June to last service Sunday 18 June
Rail passengers on regional lines
From Friday 7 July
- There will be partial disruptions to the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines.
We expect significant delays to journey times during the closure of Dynon Road. We acknowledge this period can be disruptive, and thank the community for their patience as we complete this major stage of works at Dynon Road.
Visit Victoria's Big Build - Westworks for more information on these and other major infrastructure works in the area.
Plan ahead and check before you travel at bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions
The Dynon Road pedestrian path is closed from 1 May to 31 August. Please detour via Dryburgh Street, Arden Street and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.
Long-term closures from April to October
There will also be a long-term lane closures from 8pm Monday 3 April until 5am Tuesday 31 October, where Wurundjeri Way will operate under a single lane in each direction from Dudley to Collins streets.
These closures will help us complete the foundational and structural works that will support the future Wurundjeri Way extension, linking it to other inner west connections.
In order for crews to have sufficient space to carry out these vital road works safely, reducing lanes to one lane will help us complete the works round the clock, while providing access to motorists.
Why this closure is needed
Reducing the Wurundjeri Way to one lane will allow our crews to realign the intersection, install new traffic lights, construct new drainage and pavement, and begin the final foundation works for the new ramp over Dudley Street, as part of the extension.