18 November 2016

Melbourne’s second river crossing: Shorter, more reliable trips for the west.

The Western Distributor will add a vital second river crossing, more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and smart technologies from Geelong to Pakenham. This means less congestion, more reliability, and shorter travel times to and from the west.

Supporting growth in Melbourne’s west.

The Western Distributor will:

  • Improve travel time reliability
  • Ease congestion
  • Boost economic development
  • Give drivers more flexibility
  • Offer a network-wide solution
  • Serve the travel demands of a growing regional population, improving your access to the city for work and lifestyle.

What is the Western Distributor?

The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project includes:

  • Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes.
  • A new road tunnel under Yarraville, connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD.
  • A bridge over the Maribyrnong River joining an elevated road along Footscray Road.
  • Major new cycling and walking paths.


Project timelines

Project procurement and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) are now underway. We’re encouraging the community to actively engage in the EES process, and participate in its public exhibition in 2017. Construction starts in late 2017 and the Western Distributor will be open to traffic in 2022.

Did you know?

The Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, making it a network-wide transport solution that will streamline traffic from Geelong to Pakenham. The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add 30 kilometres of extra traffic lanes between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, and extend the managed motorway system with the installation of smart roadway technologies. Together, the projects will mean safer and more reliable journeys across the length of the M1.