Keep your cool during holiday season road closures

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV is warning drivers to keep their cool and plan ahead with major road closures across Melbourne likely to cause long delays.

VicRoads has advised that the road works will begin on Boxing Day, 26 December 2016 and go through to 25 January, 2017.

Electronic road signs and advice about alternative routes will help guide drivers through the work zones and detours. It is important that everyone obeys signs and changes to traffic conditions.

RACV General Manager Brian Negus said drivers should expect significant delays and need to plan ahead.

“There will be major works at various times from Boxing Day right across January affecting the West Gate Bridge and Freeway, the Tullamarine Freeway, Shepherd Bridge in Footscray, English Street Bridge across the Tullamarine Freeway between Airport West and Essendon Fields, and the Pakenham Bypass.

“Drivers need to exercise patience and to add extra travel time to their journey if travelling on these roads during affected times. Where practical, use public transport instead of the car.

“If you are heading to the sales or major events like the cricket and the tennis it is wise to add significant travel time to your journey as there will be a lot of people on the roads and big delays on some of our major arterials and freeways.

“In particular people who are heading to the airport over the next month or so need to be aware of scheduled closures of the West Gate Freeway and the West Gate Bridge, and the Tullamarine Freeway. We suggest they add at least an extra 40 minutes travel time,” he said.

“It is important that everyone obeys signs, roadworks speed limits and changes to traffic conditions to arrive safely at their destination during the holiday season. Road safety hazards can be reported to 13 11 70.”

For more detail on road closure dates and detours go to the VicRoads website: or call 1300 783 947

Written by Lynette Keogh, RACV Public Affairs, on (03) 9790 2572
December 21, 2016